HC Deb 25 February 1904 vol 130 cc993-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord- Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the evidence given by two policemen against a publican named Faby, at the Ballinrobe Petty Sessions, quite recently, who was charged with a breach of the Licensing Acts, when the magistrates, having a doubt about the case, left the bench and proceeded to the spot; that on their return they declared it was impossible for the police to have seen what they swore to, and unanimously dismissed the case; and, if so, whether, in view of these facts, he will order a prosecution for perjury to be instituted forthwith.


I have received this morning reports of the proceedings in the case referred to. These reports are now under consideration, and if the hon. Member will postpone his Question until Monday, I shall then be in a position to announce the decision of the Government in the matter.