§ MR. J. MACVEAGH (Down, S.)
I desire to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland if his attention has been called to an urgent appeal issued yesterday to Members of this House to provide Lord Ashtown with £3,000 a year to enable him to circulate accounts of alleged crimes in Ireland. Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the statement in it that events are constantly happening in Ireland of a most startling, shocking, and outrageous character, do the police reports confirm this allegation, and can any steps be taken to put a stop to Lord Ashtown's scandalous campaign?
§ * MR. SPEAKER
I do not think the penultimate word used by the hon. Member is in order, when referring to a Member of the other House.
§ MR. BIRRELL
I did see the paper in question. I certainly considered it contained a misleading account of the position in Ireland, and I hope the people of England will not assume that the condition of Ireland is as described in that letter.
§ MR. CHARLES CRAIG
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the statements contained in this letter are taken out of one or other of the numerous Nationalist papers?