§ CAPTAIN CRAIG (Down, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that two hon. Members of this House have recently been publicly advocating boycotting in county Longford, in connection with agrarian agitation; and what action, if any, be proposes to take.
§ Mr. BIRRELL
According to newspaper reports which I have seen, an hon. Member of this House has, if correctly reported, recently advocated boycotting in county Longford. There is, however, no sufficient evidence that the hon. Member in question used the objectionable language imputed to him, and in the circumstances it is not proposed to take any action.
§ CAPTAIN CRAIG
May I ask if in the event any poor people in the county of Longford act on his advice they will be punished for doing so?