§ THE MARQUESS OF SALISBURY
My Lords, I am sure your Lordships and the Government will understand the great anxiety with which all of us are waiting for some information as to what is going to happen in respect of Ireland, and I desire, therefore, to ask the noble and learned Viscount on the Woolsack how soon he thinks he will be in a position to make a statement. If he says, as of course he has a right to say, that be requires rather longer notice, then I will repeat the Question to-morrow.
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR (VISCOUNT BIRKENHEAD)
My Lords, the noble Marquess has asked me how soon the Government hope to be in a position to make a statement with regard to Ireland. We both hope and expect to be in a 2 position to make a statement before Parliament separates. I cannot be more precise without consulting my colleagues; and the noble Marquess, as he has pointed out, has given me somewhat short notice.