HC Deb 01 August 1906 vol 162 c1034

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord - Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the injury likely to result to Ireland by the disappearance of game from a great part of the country; and whether, with a view to preventing the destruction of this national asset, he will consider the advisability of taking steps to ensure more careful attention to game licences, and game dealers' licences, and of compelling game dealers to obey the laws as to recording in their books the names of persons from whom they buy game.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The enforcement of the game laws is not a matter which falls within the province of the Irish Government. The police are directly prohibited by statute from enforcing the laws relating to the preservation of game. The matter of game licences concerns the Inland Revenue, and any question on the subject should be addressed to my hon. friend the Secretary to the Treasury, who answers for that Department.