HC Deb 16 May 1822 vol 7 cc669-71
Mr. Goulburn

rose to move for leave to bring in a bill "for the Employment of the Poor in certain districts in Ireland." The chief object of the measure was, he said, to enable the population to earn their subsistence by their own exertions, as the greatest and most substantial benefit that could be conferred upon them. It was well known, that there many large tracts of land in Ireland utterly impervious, where there was little or no communication, and where crimes were frequent from the means afforded of escape. By the present measure, it was proposed to place a certain sum at the disposal of the lord lieutenant, to be by him applied to the construction of new roads, in those districts where the suffering was most severe. The work, it was intended, should be executed, not under local authority, but by officers appointed immediately by government. A want of means had hitherto prevented the counties in question from undertaking this improvement but as soon as the advantages were realized, and the estimates of their expense submitted to the grand juries, no doubt could be entertained of their disposition to repay the sums advanced.

Sir W. De Crespigny

felt anxious that the benefits of this measure should be rendered permanent.

Mr. S. Rice

warmly approved of the bill, as one of the wisest measures that could be adopted.

Sir E. O'Brien

Complimented the liberality of the English people for the manner in which they had come forward, and expressed himself favourable to the bill.

Mr. Brougham

was willing to give his consent to the bill, provided he did not bind himself by so doing to any approbation of the conduct of government, with respect to the affairs of Ireland.

Leave was given to bring in the bill.