§ MR. YOUNG (Cavan, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Royal Commission appointed to inquire into the Belfast riots of 1886 recommended that in the case of prisoners charged with rioting the local justices of the peace should be relieved of the duty of attending the petty sessions courts of Belfast; and whether this recommendation has been carried into effect; and, if not, whether he will consider this and the other recommendations of that tribunal with a view to carrying them into effect?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Commission appointed to inquire into the Belfast riots of 1886 did recommend that the duty of administering justice in petty sessions courts in Belfast, though not in cases of riot alone, should be entrusted to two paid magistrates, and that the ordinary borough magistrates should be relieved from duty at petty sessions courts. This recommendation has not been carried into effect, and would require legislation. Most of the recommendations of the Commission, which were matters of police administration, were adopted.