MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the auditor of the Local Government Board has recently made any Report in reference to the abuse of outdoor relief in the Listowel Union; whether a special meeting of the Board of Guardians was recently convened to consider the Auditor's Report; and if he can state the nature of the Report, and the action taken by the Guardians thereon?
MR. J. MORLEY
The Auditor's Report on the accounts of the Listowel Union was submitted to the Board of Guardians by their clerk in the usual way, and it is open to the hon. Gentleman to obtain from the local newspapers the substance of the auditor's remarks. With regard to the action of the Guardians on the Report, I am informed that at a special meeting held on the 15th of February the Guardians called upon the several relieving officers to furnish lists of the recipients of outdoor relief, with a view to a general revision of the lists, and that the matter is still engaging the attention of the Guardians.
MR. SEXTON (Kerry, N.)
As this question contains a reflection on a Board of Guardians in my constituency, can I see the Report of the auditor?
MR. J. MORLEY
I will inquire, but I am told the substance of the Report was published in the local newspapers.
MR. T. W. RUSSELL
Is it not a fact that the cost of outdoor relief in the Listowel Union amounted to 1s. 10d. in the £1?