§ MR. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Newbliss Petty Sessions bench of magistrates consists of five gentlemen, not one of whom is a Roman Catholic, although the Roman Catholics number two-thirds of the population; and, since the County Lieutenant does not recommend any Roman Catholic for the commission of the peace, will the right honourable Gentleman draw the attention of the Lord Chancellor to this case, with the view to the appointment of at least one Roman Catholic to the Newbliss magistracy?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I am informed that nine magistrates have been appointed to attend the Newbliss Petty Sessions, and of these three are believed to be Roman Catholics. The resident magistrate of the district is also of the same religion.