HC Deb 30 June 1879 vol 247 c954

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the report in the "Freeman's Journal" (19th June) of a meeting of the North Dublin Board of Guardians, held on 18th June, in which it is stated that the chairman of that meeting refused to receive a notice of motion relating to the present high death rate in Dublin on the ground that such motion "would be a slur on the Public Health Committee of the Corporation;" and, whether the chairman was justified in doing so?


Sir, when my hon. Friend gave Notice of this Question I sent over to Ireland for information, which, however, I have not yet had time to receive. I cannot, therefore, say how far the report alluded to is correct; but I understand it is the duty of the Chairman of a Board of Guardians to put any question to the meeting which has reference to the administration of the Poor Law. As to whether this particular question came under the category I cannot at present say. It would, however, I apprehend, be no part of a Chairman's province to consider whether or not a resolution constituted a reflection upon any other public body.