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Actions for Conspiracy in County Courts. the Royal Irish

the Royal Irish Constabulary MR. P. A. McHUGH (Leitrim, N.): substituted for a Protestant constable in To ask the Secretary of State for the Ballynahinch in January last, who reHome Department whether he will grant commended the transfer, and was the the Return relating to actions for county inspectorship temporarily vacant conspiracy in County Courts, England, at the time. appearing on the Notice Paper for to-day.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The (Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers- transfer was recommended and carried Douglas.) I do not think this Return can out by the acting county inspector in the be granted. I am not aware of any interests of the public service. There materials from which it could be are now three Protestants and two Roman compiled.

Catholic constables at this station.

:

case.

The Return referred to is as follows:

Belfast Corporation Gas Accounts Audit. Address for Return for five years ended

MR. SLOAN: To ask the Chief Secre31st day of December, 1903, showing the number of civil actions for conspiracy if he will explain why the

corporation gas

tary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland which have come before County Court Judges in England and the result in each accounts of the Belfast County Borough

,

have not yet been audited, and why the Tenders for Coal Supplies at Enniscorthy. demanded the sum of £50 from the cor

Local Government Board for Ireland has Sir THOMAS ESMONDE (Wexford, poration for audit fees for examining the N.): To ask the Chief Secretary to the corporation gas accounts, the work not Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will give having been performed. the names of the local papers in which tenders for the coal supplies for the (Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The model schools and other public buildings audit of the general accounts of the corat Enniscorthy have been invited by poration for the year ended 31st March, advertisement.

1903, was completed last Deceniber. The

gas accounts are not included in the (Answered by Mr. Wyndham.)

Mr. Wyndham.) The general accounts, and are always audited Waterford News of 29th May, and the independently of the latter. The audit Waterford Chronicle of 30th May, 1903. of the gas accounts will be undertaken as

soon as possible. No demand has been Local Trafic in County Wexford.

made for the sum mentioned in respect of SIR THOMAS ESMONDE : To ask

This sum

the audit of the gas accounts. the Chief Secretary to the Lord

represents the balance of the fees due for Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state

the audit of the general accounts of the

borough council. what steps are about to be taken to develop the local traffic in county Wexford, and in particular in the Enniscorthy

Religion of Belfast Prison Officials. and Newtownbarry districts, under the MR. SLOAN: To ask the Chief Secreproposed transit schemes.

tary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland

if he will tate how many officials, male (Ansvered by Mr. Wyndham.) It is and female, are employed in Belfast proposed, as I have already pointed out, Prison; their rank; and how many of to establish, experimentally, a motor-car them are Roman Catholics, and how service between Enniscorthy, Kilmuck- many are Protestants. ridge, and Wexford.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The Roman Catholic and Protestant Police at following is statement of the Ballynahinch.

religious denominations of officers emMR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.): To ask the ployed in the Belfast Prison, so far as Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant officially known and recorded: Male of Ireland if he will explain on what officerz-Roman Catholics : 1 Chaplain, grounds a Roman Catholic constable of 1 chief warder, 1 store keeper, 2 clerks. 1 trades warder, 1 hospital warder, 1 proceeded with. The Board has no proschoolmaster warder, 1 clerk warder, 19 posal before it at present in respect of the ordinary warders. Female

officers property.

If such a proposal be made it Roman Catholics : 1 matron, 1 trade will be considered. instructress, 1 store keeper, 6 assistant matrons, 1 servant. Male officers—Pro

Alleged Perjury at Ballinrobe Petty testants: 2 Chaplains, 4 trades warders,

Sessions. 1 gardening instructor, 9 ordinary warders. MR. JOHN O'DONNELL: To ask the Female officers—Protestants : 1 hospital Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant nurse, 1 schoolmistress, 4 assistant of Ireland whether his attention has been matrons, 1 servant.

called to the evidence given by two

policemen against a publican named Actions for Conspiracy in Irish County Faby, at the Ballinrobe Petty Sessions, Courts.

quite recently, who was charged with a MR. P. A. McHUGH: To ask the Chief breach of the Licensing Acts, when the Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ire magistrates, having a doubt about the land whether he will grant the Return case, left the bench and proceeded to the relating to actions for conspiracy in spot; that on their return they declared County Courts, Ireland, appearing on

Ireland, appearing on it was impossible for the police to have the Notice Paper for to-day.

seen what they swore to, and unanimously

dismissed the case; and, if so, whether, in (Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The view of these facts, he will order a information will be procured and com- prosecution for perjury to be instituted municated to the hon. Member. It is forthwith. not, however, considered to be of sufficient importance to lay on the Table in the (Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The form of a Parliamentary Paper. Papers in the case have been laid before

the Attorney-General, who is considering The Return referred to is as follows:- the matter. A decision will be come to Return for five years ended 31st day of by the Government as soon as some December, 1903, showing the number of further information, which has been civil actions for conspiracy which have called for, is forthcoming. come before County Court Judges in Ireland and the result in each case.

Promotion in the Royal Garrison

Artillery. Purchase of the Estate of the late Captain the Secretary of State for War whether,

MR. HARE (Norfolk, S.W.): To ask Annesley. MP. JOHN O'DONNELL (Mayo, S.): in view of the fact that there are now To ask the Chief Secretary to the two vacancies of lieutenant-colonels and Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether six of majors commanding depôt comhe is aware that the estate

of panies, R.G.A., he will say whether it is the representatives of the late

his intention to fill these vacancies by Captain Annesley, situated at and near the promotion of junior officers of the Island, Ballyhaunis, county Mayo, has service in the course of the next month been offered to the Congested Districts or so. Board for sale, and that an offer has been made by that Board ; and whether, if (Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnoll. there is any material difference between Forster.) These two vacancies for lieuthe demand and offer, he will advise the tenant-colonels will be filled by the proCongested Districts Board to make a motion of two majors in the Gazette of further offer with a view to purchasing 1st March. There is only one depôt the estate for the purpose of enlarging company Royal Garrison Artillery short holdings in that district.

of a major, and not six. When the two

majors mentioned have been promoted (Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) Negotia- there will be five vacancies for majors in tions for the purchase of this estate were the Royal Garrison Artillery, and these conte.nplated by the Congested Districts will be kept open for the absorption of Board three years ago, but they were not five majors of Royal Garrison Artillery

whose terms of staff employment will

Chinese Labour in the Transvaal. expire early in April.

MR. LABOUCHERE: To ask the

Secretary of State for the Colonies if he Bums voted for Somaliland Expedition. will state what is the nature of the proMR. JOHN ELLIS: To ask the Secre- the Chinese imported into the Transvaal

vision for the religious observances of tary of State for War what are the sums which will be secured to them; whether already voted for the Somaliland Expe the inquiry that is to be made by a dition and at what dates were they British Officer in China, before he respectively voted, and what sum, if any, certifies that the contract between the will appear in the Estimates for 1904-5

Chinese labourer and the importer has for the purposes of this war.

been made voluntarily and with full

knowledge of its terms by the labourer, (Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold - will include an inquiry into whether he Forster). The sums are as follows :

has been induced to make it, either by Supplementary Army Estimates (1902–3), the pressure of some secret society or by dated 27th February, 1903, £50,100. (It the local authorities who wish to get was anticipated that £250,000 would be rid of him as an idle or criminal person; spent in the year 1902–3, but that of and whether the wives and children, this sum £200,000 could be found out of who may come with the Chinese labourer3 savings on other Votes, so that it was to the Transvaal, will be subjected to the only necessary to take £50,100 on Supple- same restrictions as to their place of mentary Estimate.) Army Estimates

residence as the labourers, and as to the (1903-4), dated 27th February, 1903, obligation not to engage in any manual £250,000. Supplementary Army Esti labour except mining, and not to trade. mates (1903-4), £1,600,000. Total, £1,900,100. As explained in the Memo

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttlelton.) randum for Army Estimates, 1904-5,

Lord Milner will, no doubt, avail himself issued to-day, no provision for Somaliland of the advice of Mr. Evans, the Protector has been included in the original Army of Chinese of the Straits Settlements, Estimates.

whose services have been placed at his

disposal, in dealing with the arrangements Publication of Army Estimates. to be made for the religious observances MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.): To of the Chinese, but I am not at present ask the Secretary of State for War when in a position to state what those arrangethe Army Estimates will be in the hands ments will be. Special care will be of Members.

taken to secure the contract being made

voluntarily andto prevent the engagement (Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold- of undesirable labourers. The LieutenantForster.) The Army Estimates will be Governor will make suitable regulations ; distributed to-morrow morning. I have precisely the same restrictions cannot, of to-day circulated a Memorandum which

course, be applied to the women and is already in the hands of Members.

children as to the labourers,

Huts and Cantonments sent to South
Africa-Place of Origin.

QUESTIONS IN THE HOCH.
MR. DUNCAN (Yorkshire, W.R.
Otley) : To ask the Secretary of State

H.M.S.“ Prince of Wales ” -Defective for War if he will state the place of

Armour Plates. origin of the huts and cantonments sent MR. KEARLEY (Devonport): I beg out to South Africa for the accommoda

to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty tion of the troops.

whether the new battleship "Prince of

Wales," which has just completed her (Answered by Jir. Secretary Arnold

Jir. Secretary Arnold gun trials at Chatham, and is to be ready Forster.) The place of origin of these for commission by the end of March, has huts for South Africa and their fittings armour plates around her foremost barwas the United Kingdom.

bette which are developing fissures and tire expense

cracks, and scaling off in patches of con- deal with the sanitary administration of siderable size and thickness; and, if so, the Army, to which no reference is made whether she will be allowed to go to sea in the Report recently issued. The hon. with defective protection, or whether it Member sad the first part of the will be necessary to unbuild, to remove Question had been practically answered the defective plates; and, in such case, already by the official publication of the whether the manufacturers of the armour second part of the Report of the War plates will be called upon to bear the en- Office (Reconstitution) Committee. incurred.

would ask the right hon. Gentleman

whether it was convenient to give any THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIR- information as to the second part of the ALTY (Mr. PRETYMAN, Suffolk, Wood- Question. bridge): One of the armour plates of the forward barbette of H.M.S. “Prince of SIR H. CAMPBELL - BANNERMAN Wales” has developed defects on its face (Stirling Burghs): Will the right hon. since being worked into the ship, but these Gentleman say why this Report appears defects are not of such a serious character in the morning papers to-day before it as the hon. Member's Question implies, has been delivered to Members of the and unless they should prove to be

pro

House ? gressive, it will not be necessary to remove and replace the plate. It has been de

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR cided to keep the plate under observation WAR (Mr. ARNOLD - FORSTER, Belfast, for a time, but should an extension of the W.): This Report was not made to me. defects occur, it may be necessary to call I am exceedingly sorry it is not in the upon the manufacturers to provide a new hands of hon. Members. I thought it pla te.

was. It certainly ought to have been,

and I will see that it is put into their New War Ships' Armaments.

hands at the earliest possible moment. THE MASTER OF ELIBANK(Edinburgh, I think the point of sanitary adminisMidlothian) : I beg to ask the Secretary to tration will be dealt with in the third the Admiralty whether it will be necessary part of the Report, which is not yet to provide new guns for the two Chilian presented. It is stated in the earlier vessels recently purchased by the Govern part of the Report that that is the ment; and, if so, at what cost.

intention of the Committee.

MR. PRETYMAN: It will not be DR. FARQUHARSON: Will the third necessary to supply new guns for the part of the Report be presented in time “Triumph" and "Swiftsure. The guns for its discussion upon the Army Esalready provided are suitable, and do not timates ? require to be replaced.

MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER: I think Naval Works Act Expenditure. not; but I hope this Report will not be MR. BUCHANAN (Perthshire, E.): Idebated upon the Army Estimates, but beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty will be dealt with by itself. I think, in what is the amount that will be spent by view of the importance of the questions 31st March of the present year under the raised, that would be more satisfactory Naval Works Act.

to the House.

MR. PRETYMAN: The estimated

Irish Military Tailors. expenditure up to 31st March next under MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College the Naval Works Act of 1903 is £3,493,500. Green): I beg to ask the Secretary

of State for War if he is aware War Office Reconstitution Committee. that in the list of firms recommended to

DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, young officers in Ireland from whom they W.): I beg to ask the Secretary of State should order their uniforms and other for War when a further Report from the necessaries there are several firms who do

Reconstitution) Committee not pay trade-union labour; and that will be presented; and whether it will there are several who do not manufacture the work in their own workshops but give the importation of Indian coolies into the it out to be done by outworkers; and Transvaal. whether, in view of the recommendations of the Commission appointed to inquire

MR. BRODRICK : There has been no into the conditions of labour in the correspondence between the Government tailoring trade, he will see that such of India and the High Commissioner on goods are manufactured in sanitary this subject, and it is not proposed to workshops and free from underpaid con- lay any Papers on the Table. ditions.

Canada and Preferential Tariffs. MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER: As there MR. CHARLES DEVLIN (Galway): I is no War Department contract of any beg to ask the Secretary of State for the sort made with these firms the conditions Colonies whether he can state if a request of manufacture do not come within the has been received by His Majesty's scope of War Department inquiry. Government from the Canadian Govern

ment for preferential tariff treatment; Assam Excise Administration.

and, if so, will he say what answer, if any, . Mr. HERBERT ROBERTS (Denbigh

was sent. shire, W.): I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether the inquiry

*THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR which was instituted into the allegations

THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON, Warmade against the Excise administration wick and Leamington): There is no of Assam in a memorandum, issued by

record in my Department of any such Mr. James Buckingham, C.I.E., in 1902. request beyond the statement contained on behalf of the Indian Tea Association, Ministers printed in Parliamentary Paper

in the memorandum of the Canadian has been concluded; and when the Report will be published,

Cd. 1299 of October, 1902.

Transvaal Labour Ordinance Regulations. THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BRODRICK, Surrey, Guild

MR. BRYCE (Aberdeen, S.): I beg ford): The inquiry has been concluded by the Colonies whether he will, without

to ask the Secretary of State for the local authorities, and I hope shortly the Colonies whether he will, without to receive their Report, together with the

prejudice to the power of making

from further regulations

time to views of the Government of India

upon it.

time, cause to be forth with prepared such Indian Army-Major-General's

and so many regulations regarding the Commands.

Chinese labour which it is proposed to CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, w): import into the Transvaal as may be, in I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the first instance, necessary in order to India if he can state whether the senior carry out the provisions of the Ordinance officers of the Indian Army are selected and the pledges which he has himself for Major-General's commands by a

given; and whether he will cause these selection board in India, by the Secretary regulations to be communicated to Parliaof State for India, or by the Commander ment before authorising the embarkation in-Chief in India or England.

of any Chinese for South Africa. MR. BRODRICK : These officers are

*MR. LYTTELTON: These regulations appointed by the Government of India, are being prepared. They will be laid on the recommendation of the Com upon the Table as soon as they are commander-in-Chief in India.

pleted. I will not sanction the embarka -

tion of any labourers till I am satisfied India Coolies and Transvaal Mines,

that the pledges which I have given to SIR JOHN GORST (Cambridge Uni. tions. Beyond this I cannot give any

the House are embodied in the regulaversity): I beg to ask the Secretary of

further undertaking. State for India whether he will lay upon the Table the correspondence between MR. BRYCE: Do I understand that the Government of India and the High labourers may be embarked before the. Commissioner of South Africa relative to House has seen the regulations ?

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