HC Deb 18 April 1872 vol 210 cc1475-6

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether any changes are about being made in the staff of the Board of Public Works (Ireland), and whether in such changes the claims of Irishmen in the Department are to be recognised; whether in such changes it is contemplated to appoint one of the Treasury Commissioners to the office of Chairman, or as one of the heads of the Department; and, whether any recommendation to that effect has been made to the Treasury by said Commissioners; and, if so, whether there is any objection to produce it, as well as the Correspondence generally on the subject of such changes between the said Commissioners and the Treasury?


Sir, Commissioners were sent from the Treasury to inquire into the establishment of the Board of Public Works in Ireland; their Report has been sent in and referred to that Board for observations. When a reply has been received the matter will be ripe for decision. I need scarcely say that the Commissioners have not recommended one of their own number to any place whatever, and until some action is taken upon the Report, of course no part of the Correspondence could be produced.