HC Deb 14 February 1879 vol 243 cc1196-7

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he intends to introduce any measure this Session to remove the evils attending the removal of Irish poor, which this House resolved required redress?


Sir, I cannot answer this Question without expressing my sense of the loss which the House has sustained by the death of the hon. Member for Cork (Mr. M'Carthy Downing), who took so much interest in it. On the last occasion, when I made proposals in the form of a Bill intended to deal with the particular question of removals to Ireland, the House considered that the proposal ought to be extended to England and Scotland. Considering the recent alterations in the general law with regard to removal and settlement, I am not in a position, at this moment, to make further proposals, except this—that I think it would be useful to refer the subject to a Select Committee, with special reference to the case of removals in Ireland. My hon. Friend the Secretary to the Local Government Board will, in a few days, move for such a Committee.