§ CAPTAIN CRAIG (Down, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the increase of picketing and boycotting by branches of the United Irish League at Dromahair, Drumkeeran, and Ballinaglera; whether he is aware that the League in Sligo have caused to be published a statement to the effect that the Trades Disputes Bill which has just passed the House of Commons legalises picketing in agrarian cases; and whether, under these circumstances, he will advise His Majesty's Ministers to insert a new clause, when the Bill is before the other House, providing that agrarian disputes are outside the scope of the measure.
I have no information that the fact is as stated in the first part of the Question, or that the league in† See (4) Debates, clix., 794. 961 Sligo has caused to be published a statement to the effect mentioned in the second part. As regards the concluding part of the Question, the question there referred to was fully debated in this House, and I have no statement to make on the subject.