HC Deb 09 May 1904 vol 134 c764
MR. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to a letter in the newspapers last month from Mr. C. P. Crane, resident magistrate for the county of Kerry, dealing with the constitution and reform of the police force in Ireland; and, if so, will he say if it is permissible for a paid servant of the Government to engage in public controversy in such matters.


Resident magistrates are prohibited from addressing communications to the public Press connected with their official duties without obtaining the previous sanction of the Government. Mr. Crane's letter referred to a controversy then being carried on in the newspaper Press in England in reference to the discipline of the English police. It does not, I think, come within the letter of the prohibition.