§ MR. MACVEAGH (Down, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will cause independent inquiry to be made into the number of avocations followed by the clerk of petty sessions at Ballycastle, county Antrim; whether the previous information was supplied by the clerk himself to the registrar of petty sessions; whether he can state specifically which of the appointments he is alleged to hold are not actually held by him; and whether any of his duties as clerk are discharged by assistants, if not by deputy.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The registrar of petty sessions clerks in Dublin informs me that since the hon. Member's former Question on this subject he has received a statement, signed by all the magistrates of the Ballycastle petty session district to the effect that the clerk has always discharged his duties in person, and to their complete satisfaction. In these circumstances further inquiry into the matter appears to be unnecessary.