§ MR. WILLIAM JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, if the Royal Commission on the Liquor Traffic will extend its Inquiry to Ireland; and if he is able to state the names of the Members of the Royal Commission?
MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
asked the right hon. Gentleman whether several influential meetings had not been held in Ireland to protest against this Inquiry?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY
The Government have no intention of excluding Ireland from the scope this Inquiry, and creating what might turn out to be a new national grievance. [Laughter.] The names of the Commissioners are now practically decided upon, but it is impossible for me, at present, to state a day for giving them. I trust to be able to do so before the Easter Recess.
§ MR. W. REDMOND (Clare, E.)
asked whether, in view of the great difference between the licensing laws of England and Ireland, the Government would grant a separate Inquiry for Ireland?