§ MR. ARTHUR O'CONNOR
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is aware that Mr. Walpole, one of the Sub-Commissioners appointed under the Land Act, has allowed himself to be put in nomination as a candidate for the post of Poor Law Guardian in the Donaghmore Union in the elections about to be held; and, whether a Sub-Commissioner can, consistently with his duty, present himself as a candidate to electors whose rents he may shortly be called upon to decide?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
, in reply, said, upon inquiry he found that Mr. Walpole had been nominated, having been a Poor Law Guardian for 20 years. He was quite sure, from what he knew of Mr. Walpole, that he would not allow himself to act in his official capacity in any place in which he was interested. He thought it spoke very well for Mr. Walpole that he had been a Guardian for 20 years. The Commissioners, however, considered rightly that Mr. Walpole should not hold office as a Guardian while acting as a Sub-Commissioner.