§ COLONEL M'CALMONT (Antrim, E.)
; I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland who provided the information contained in Return No. 173, presented to Parliament in 1903, and is it not customary when preparing such Returns to apply for information on the subject to the owner of the property or his representative.
I am informed by the Inspector General that the information embodied in the Return referred to was obtained by the police from the best available sources. Unless the facts were within the knowledge of the police themselves, they usually applied to the landlord or his representative, and when the facts could not be ascertained in this way they sought information from the evicted tenant.
§ COLONEL MCCALMONT
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the agent of this estate never knew of the existence of this Return till a fortnight ago when a Question was put on it to the right hon. Gentleman, and does he know that the agent declares the Return to be both misleading and inaccurate?
I do not see how I can know what is in the agent's mind, but if he will convey his views to those who compiled the Return no doubt they will be taken notice of.