§ MR. MACALEESE (Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he will agree to the Return as to magistrates in county Monaghan, which stands on this day's Paper.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. G. W. BALFOUR,) Leeds, Central
There have been eight appointments to the Commission of the Peace in county Monaghan since the 18th June, 1897, of whom six are Protestants and two Roman Catholics. A list containing the names of these gentlemen, with the dates of their appointment, and particulars as to their profession or occupation, can be supplied to the honourable Member, if he desires it; but it would be contrary to practice to specify the religious denominations of individual Justices of the Peace, and the Government are not prepared to consent to a formal return of such small dimensions.