§ MR. S. YOUNG (Cavan, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in view of the large population of Belfast, the Government will put it on an equality with 167 other large towns of the United Kingdom by appointing the resident magistrates stipendiary magistrates for the administration of justice, and relieving the local justices of the peace of the duty of attending the courts, especially having regard to the fact that this course was strongly recommended by the Royal Commission of 1887?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
Legislation would be necessary to give effect to this recommendation of the Commission of 1887, and the present Government, like previous Governments, have not seen their way to introduce legislation on the subject. I cannot give any undertaking to deal with the matter in the future.