§ MR. HAYDEN (Roscommon, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether passengers arriving at Queenstown from the United States are asked by a policeman for their names and destination, and these duly noted; whether similar information is taken at Liverpool, Southampton, or any other British port at which American passengers are landed; and if not, why it is obtained at Queenstown, and passengers landing on Irish soil treated differently to those arriving in great Britain.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
I am informed that the fact is as stated in the first part of the question. The information is freely given by passengers and has only once been refused during the last twelve months. The practice has existed for twenty years. I am unable to say whether similar information is taken at ports outside Ireland.