HC Deb 01 January 1913 vol 46 cc359-60

asked the Prime Minister whether the provisions for minority representation in parliamentary constituencies returning three Members, contained in the Act of 1867, have ever been repealed; and, if not, whether, in order that the provisions for elections in Irish parliamentary constituencies may conform to the existing law affecting elections in parliamentary constituencies in Great Britain, the Government will consider the advisability of amending Clause 9 of the Government of Ireland Bill so as to provide for the representation of minorities in constituencies returning three or more Members?


In view of the fact that the Irish Parliament will be in a position to deal with the matter after the expiration of three years from the passing of the Bill, the Government do not think it advisable to introduce any such special provisions as those suggested by the hon. Member.