I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the hon. Member for Westmeath, North, has recently resumed his campaign in favour of cattle-driving in Ireland; whether he is aware that recently at Bal-linalack the hon. Member recommended that there should be no slackening in the movement so long as there was a hazel in the hedges; and whether His Majesty's Government intend to permit hon. Members of this House and other persons to incite the people to drive cattle without taking any action.
§ MR. BIRRELL
I was not aware of the fact suggested in the first part of the Question. I understand, however, that at a recent meeting at Ballinalack the hon. Member for North Westmeath used some such language as is attributed to him in the Question. I am told that more than half of the persons present at the meeting were women and children. The Government do not propose to take any notice of this particular speech.
May I ask whether hon. Members of this House are to be permitted to go over to Ireland and stir up the people in this way?
§ MR. CHARLES CRAIG
May I ask what bearing has the fact that half the crowd were women and children, on the question?