HC Deb 04 July 1881 vol 262 cc1954-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he will consider the expediency of suggesting to the Inspectors of Irish Lunatic Asylums that, in preparing the certificates of expenditure in asylums for His Excellency, in cases where the district of an asylum includes a county and a county of a city, they should take particular care to inquire into the habitual residence previously to their becoming dependent on the rates or county cess for support of non-paying lunatics, with a view to the equitable allocation of expense of the maintenance in the asylum of that class of lunatics?


, in reply, said, that care was taken, as far as possible, in apportioning the rate that there should be an equitable allocation of the expense between the county and the city. He would take care the matter to which the hon. Member referred should be brought more prominently under the notice of the Lord Lieutenant and the Inspectors of Lunacy in Ireland.

The right hon. Gentleman asked to be allowed to take the opportunity of answering a Question that had been put down by the hon. Gentleman for the following day, as to whether he could Hold out any hope that, according as the next three vacancies occur on the Board of the Limerick Lunatic Asylum caused by the deaths or resignation of members representing on that Board the interests of the City, the Lord Lieutenant will permit the Corporation of the City to submit to him the names of some members of the Town Council with a view to the appoint- merit of one only of such members, subject to the approval of His Excellency, to each such vacancy on the Board, in order that the Town Council, which is the fiscal authority of the City, may be, so far as may be expedient, duly represented on the Board. They should be glad to have the three names submitted to them; but, of course, they could not fetter their action in the matter.