HC Deb 23 August 1894 vol 29 c365
MR. W. ABRAHAM (Cork Co., N.E.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for South Galway, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland is it a fact that Mr. Arthur Hall, Athenry, County Galway, is about being appointed a Magistrate for the County Galway; if he is aware that Mr. Hall's brother and brother-in-law are both Magistrates for the small Petty Sessions district of Athenry; and will the Lord Chancellor's attention be called to these matters before Mr. Hall's appointment is confirmed?


When a gentleman is recommended for appointment to the Commission of the Peace it is the practice of the Lord Chancellor to ascertain whether he has any near relative already in the Commission, and the appointment is only made on the condition that the gentleman shall not sit at Petty Sessions on the same occasion with such relative. My hon. Friend may rest assured that in considering whether the appointment to which he refers should be made due regard will be had to these conditions, and to all the circumstances of the case.