HC Deb 04 July 1904 vol 137 cc480-1

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in view of its bearing on the question of University education in Ireland, he will assent to the Return standing on to-day's Paper in the name of the hon. Member for South Down.


No, Sir; I cannot see my way to assent to the proposed Return. It would involve a departure from precedent inexpedient in itself, and ineffective for the object which the hon. Member contemplates, inasmuch as it would take no cognisance of the larger number of officials employed in the various other Departments of the State in Ireland, for which I am not answerable, and the still larger number of Irishmen holding Crown appointments outside Ireland.


Is the objection to granting this Return to be found in the fact that there is a boycott of Catholics in Ireland—

[No Answer was returned.]

Appended is the Notice of Motion referred to:

Government Departments (Ireland) (Officials).—Return setting forth the names, salaries, and places of education of the salaried officials in the different Government Departments under the jurisdiction of the Chief Secretary for Ireland.