I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can supplement the return laid upon the Table of the House on Tuesday, on the authority of the City Marshal of Dublin, by giving the total number of licensed pawnbrokers in the cities and towns of Ireland named in that return; and if he will direct that in future returns the number of licensed pawnbrokers in these cities and towns will be given in addition to the number of pawn tickets issued and the total sum advanced to borrowers?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The returns referred to were furnished by the City Marshal in pursuance of the Act 26 George III., cap. 43, Section 41, and Government cannot require him to include any information in these returns in addition to that prescribed by Statute. There would, however, be no objection to granting a separate return showing the number of licensed pawnbrokers in the cities and towns in Ireland if such a return be moved for by the hon. Member.