§ MR. SEXTON
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the committee appointed to investigate the accounts of Mr. J. D. Elliott, rate collector to the Blackrock Township Commission, have yet made any report to the Commission; and, if so, whether he can state the purport of the report; whether the Commission has made any, and, if so, what reply to the letter recently addressed to them by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, inquiring whether the realisation of Mr. Elliott's securities had been resorted to because of any defalcation in his accounts with the Commission; whether the Irish Local 912 Government Board has yet come to any decision as to the continued employment of that department; and, if no such decision has been arrived at, whether an undertaking will be given that it will be come to and announced before the House is asked to vote the Estimate for the Salaries and Expenses of the Irish Local Government Board?
§ MR. TREVELYAN
I learn from the Secretary to the Commissioners of Blackrock Township that it is hoped that the final Report of the Special Committee will be ready and submitted for consideration at the next meeting of the Commissioners—on the 23rd instant—and that the Commissioners have deferred replying to the letter addressed to them by desire of the Lord Lieutenant. Until the Local Government Board have authentic information in regard to the alleged defalcation by Mr. Elliott, they are not in a position to determine whether or not he should be continued in the Poor Law service. They are fully alive to the importance of not retaining in any office of trust under them any person who might be proved to have misapplied funds intrusted to his charge in other capacities.