HC Deb 24 August 1860 vol 160 c1780

said, that referring to the Order in Council of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, dated 28th of March, 1860, appointing Commissioners for the Control, &c, of Irish District Asylums, he wished to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether the Commission in question is intended to be of a permanent kind, or whether it is for a temporary purpose; whether it is in contemplation to appoint a secretary and a staff of clerks for the office of the Commissioners, or to amalgamate it with the office of the Inspectors of Lunatic Asylums, who are themselves members of the Commission; and whether the Irish Government intend to bring in a Bill next Session of Parliament to alter and amend the laws relating to Public and Private Lunatic Asylums in Ireland, in conformity to the recommendations of the Royal Commissioners of Inquiry in 1858?


said, that the arrangement alluded to by the hon. Gentleman was merely to give the authorities a greater control over the selection of an architect. As the money advanced was public money, it was right that its expenditure should be controlled by a public officer. The gentlemen who were appointed architect and secretary were already in the receipt of superannuation allowances, and would not be entitled to further compensation when their present functions ceased.