§ MR. PARNELL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether it is true that the Board of Superintendence of Trim Gaol recently refused the request of the Chaplain that they would provide new vestments and other requisites for Divine Service, though the old vestments had been in use for upwards of twenty years, and had been condemned by the Bishop of the diocese; and, whether, in view of the fact that these Boards are nominated by the Grand Juries, he intends in his proposed legislation on the subject of the Irish Grand Jury Laws to provide on these Boards for the representation of the cess-payers
§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS - BEACH
, in reply, said, he could not state whether the vestments used by the Roman Catholic chaplain to the gaol in question were 20 years old or not, nor whether they had been condemned by the Bishop. He believed the Board of Superintendence had refused to supply new ones, because it had not been the custom of the governors of most gaols to provide vestments for the chaplains of religious denominations in gaols. With reference to the second part of the Question of the hon. Member, which appeared to have no connection with the first, it would, of 371 course, be Ms duty to consider what would be the future formation of these Boards when proposing legislation no the subject.