HC Deb 06 April 1848 vol 97 cc1355-6

, pursuant to notice, asked the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary for Ireland, "whether he can state the probable number of persons who have died in Ireland, during the last twelve months, from starvation or from disease superinduced by an insufficient supply of the bare necessaries of life, and, if not, whether he can state the probable number of those persons who have died during that period in the counties of Galway, Mayo, Cork, and Clare, and the steps taken by the Government, through the aid of the coroners, police, poor-law guardians, and clergy of Ireland, or by other means, to aecertain the probable number of persons who may so die in Ireland during the present year?"


replied, that the subject had more than once before been mooted, and on every occasion the answer had been that there were no means in Ireland of giving the precise information.