§ Mr. FFRENCH
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the Wexford County Council passed a Resolution at their last meeting asking for the reasons which influenced the Irish Government as to the area of charge for extra police; and whether, seeing that the ratepayers of the county, with the exception of those of the town of Wexford, had no connection whatever with the labour dispute in reference to which the police were sent, and seeing that the Lord Lieutenant has power under Section 8 of 2 and 3 Vic, c. 75, to charge the special area with the cost of police sent from the depots, he will comply with the request of the county council and state the reasons which in- 1238W duced the Lord Lieutenant to spread the entire police tax over the whole county?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I have seen a copy of the resolution referred to. The Lord Lieutenant acted in this matter in the exercise of the discretion vested in him by the Act of Parliament mentioned in the question, and I do not feel called upon to state the reasons which actuated him.