§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Government will consider the propriety of vesting the court houses in Ireland in the county councils, who are the representatives of the ratepayers, so as to prevent the refusal of the buildings for purposes common to all creeds and parties when not required for legal purposes.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The change which my hon. friend suggests could only be effected by legislation. The matter would require very careful consideration, and I do not think that the. Government could undertake to consider it at present.