§ 49. Mr. NEWMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that, although English Peers have no Parliamentary vote, they are able to take part in any public affairs by reason of their seats in the House of Lords, Irish Peers, under the terms of the Government of Ireland Bill, having neither vote for either House of the Irish Parliament nor the right to a seat in the Irish Parliament, are prohibited from taking any part in Irish affairs unless they are elected members of the Irish House of Commons or Irish Senate; and whether he proposes to remove this disqualification on Irish Peers by extending the franchise for election of Members to either House of the Irish Parliament to Irish Peers?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
It is not proposed to make any change at present in the qualification of electors for the Irish House of Commons, but it will be open to the Irish Parliament to do so after three years from the passing of the Act.