Mr. F. HALL
asked the Chief Secretary if his attention has been called to the statement by Mr. Justice Boyd at the Limerick county assizes recently, to the effect that in not a single case had the common jurors found a verdict in accordance with the evidence; and if, in view of the bearing of this state of affairs upon the administration of justice should the Home Rule Bill become law, he will appoint a Departmental Committee to inquire into the matter, and to report as to the adoption of such procedure as will ensure that persons belonging to a political or religious minority shall obtain justice in the Courts of Law?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the question of the hon. and learned Member for Thanet Division on this subject on the 9th instant, which describes the procedure adopted in cases where there is reason to suppose that prejudice is likely to exist. I see no reason for appointing a Departmental Committee as suggested.