HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 cc1327-8W

asked the Prime Minister, having regard to the number of instances in which opinions and advice of Law Officers of the Crown have been found to be wrong, and to the primâ facie illegality of all the Orders in Council postponing the operation of the Government of Ireland Act, 1914, whether he will obtain and state to the House the opinion of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on the legality of those Orders?


I do not know to what the first sentence of the question refers. The fact is that in no single instance has an opinion of the present Law Officers been determined by any Court to be wrong. There is no doubt as to the legality of the Orders in Council made under the Suspensory Act, 1914, and there is no occasion for inviting the opinion of the Judicial Committee on the matter.

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