HC Deb 01 April 1881 vol 260 c458

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that the persons detained in Kilmainham under the Coercion Act have come to a resolution to use only the prison fare; and, if he will give instructions for a better kind of bread to be supplied to them than that of which he has been sent samples?


Sir, with respect to the last part of the Question of the hon. Member, I may say that I did receive a sample of bread; but, as no letter accompanied it, I could not tell who it came from. With regard to the first part of the hon. Member's Question, I have to say that I have seen a statement to that effect in the newspapers. I do not know whether it is true or not, and it is not my business to inquire. As regards the second part of the Question, all I can say with respect to it is, that if there is reasonable ground of complaint as to the bread, or any other article of food, I have not the slightest doubt that, on its being represented either to the doctor or to the Governor of the Prison, it would be inquired into.