§ SIR HERVEY BRUCE
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been called to the hardship caused by the power possessed by English and Scotch authorities to remove poor persons to Ireland; and, whether he is aware that such power is exercised in the case of persons, who born of Irish parents, though never having resided in Ireland, seek relief owing to infirmity caused by years or otherwise; and, if so, whether he is prepared to take steps to remedy this grievance?
Sir, I am aware that complaints have frequently been made as to the hardship caused by the power possessed by the English and Scotch authorities to remove poor persons to Ireland. In fact, these complaints were the subject of inquiry by the Select Committee of the House on Poor Removal in 1879; but no instances have been brought before me of the exercise of this power, as far as regards paupers born of 1341 Irish parents in England or Scotland. Such persons would have a birth-settlement in England, and, unless in the case of children with their parents, would not be removable to Ireland.