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Volume 221: debated on Thursday 30 July 1874

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asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether his attention has been directed to the fact that the warrants issued by the Lord Lieutenant, authorising a domiciliary search for arms in proclaimed districts are not directed to any one by name, but generally to all officers and constables of the constabulary within the county; and, whether the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown has been taken upon the legality of such general warrant?

Sir, that form of warrant was originally settled in 1848, and continued under the advice of the Law Officers of the Crown at the passing of the Peace Preservation Act of 1870. For that reason I have not thought it necessary to ask the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown on the present occasion.