HC Deb 09 April 1883 vol 277 cc1820-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, When the following Reports, all overdue, will be presented:—Public Works (Ireland), Annual Report; Local Government Board (Ireland), Annual Report; Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Return from Official Assignees (Ireland) (20 and 21 Vic. c. 60); Return of Persons tried and convicted of Criminal Offences in Ireland (56 Geo. 3, c. 120)?


Sir, the Irish Government has no responsibility with regard to the presentation of the Report of the Commissioners of Public Works. I may, however, remind the hon. Member (Mr. Arthur O'Connor) that, in reply to a former Question from him, my hon. Friend the Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Courtney) fully explained to the House, on the 12th of last month, the facts connected with it. The Report of the Local Government Board will, I understand, be ready in a few days. No time is prescribed for its presentation; and, as it is made up to the 31st of March, I do not think, having regard to its character and extent, that it can reasonably be said to be overdue on the 8th of April. The Return from the Official Assignees will, I believe, be laid on the Table to-day. The Returns under 56 Geo. III., c. 120, were presented on the 22nd of February last.