§ 49. Mr. KING
asked whether the Order of Baronets was instituted by James I especially to improve the conditions in. Ulster and to prevent rebellion in that province; whether the duty imposed on original Baronets that each Baronet should provide thirty soldiers to maintain the Royal authority in Ulster is still incumbent on Baronets; and, if not, whether the Crown will be advised to renew this-ancient duty imposed on the Baronetage, so as to provide a sufficient force to meet all possible emergencies?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I am aware of the facts relating to the Institution of the Baronetage, but I am advised that no such duty as that suggested is incumbent on any Baronet now. The practice of payment fell into abeyance in the time of King Charles II., and its renewal does not seem practicable nor necessary.
§ Mr. SWIFT MacNEILL
On that point will the right hon. Gentleman consult the very intellectual and able military expert the Ulster King at Arms?