HC Deb 20 March 1863 vol 169 cc1651-2

said, he rose to ask the President of the Poor Law Board a Question in regard to the removal of a pauper named Mary Brophy from the Marylebone Workhouse to the South Dublin Union. That pauper had stated to the authorities in Dublin that she entered the Marylebone workhouse five weeks previously in consequence of the illness of her child. About eight days ago she asked for her discharge, when the master said he would not grant it without her being passed to Ireland. She refused, and subsequently, when she was forced to leave the workhouse, a struggle took place between her and the officials who were forcing her off, in which her face was blackened, her shoulder put out of joint, and a strait waistcoat put upon her. She said she had been twenty-six years in London, and had two children in the Marylebone schools. Under these circumstances, he wished to ask, Whether, in the opinion of the President of the Poor Law Board, this was not clearly a cruel and illegal removal?


said, in reply, that no communication had been made by the Irish Poor Law Commissioners to the Poor Law Board on the subject. The hon. Member had not given him full notice of the terms of his Question, and therefore he must defer answering it until he had had an opportunity of learning the facts.


said, he would repeat the Question on Monday.


said, he wished to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the pauper had not been removed back from Ireland and received into the Marylebone workhouse, and whether that was not an acknowledgment of the illegality of the previous removal?


said, he had heard of the case, and he believed the facts were as the hon. Member had stated.