HC Deb 28 March 1911 vol 23 c1298W

asked the Attorney-General if any appointment had yet been made to the vacancy on the Edgeworthstown magisterial bench; whether, in the case of one gentleman whose name was submitted, any inquiry was made beyond the official inquiry; whether he is aware that any local inquiry is generally made from the political opponents of such gentlemen; and will he direct that a report from an independent source be called for?


No appointment has recently been made to the Edgeworthstown magisterial bench. The names of two local gentlemen are at present under consideration by the Lord Chancellor, and in respect of them the Lord Chancellor has not made any inquiries beyond the usual official inquiries. The Lord Chancellor invariably makes his inquiries regarding candidates for the magistracy in quarters which he is satisfied are independent and reliable.