HC Deb 14 May 1885 vol 298 c473

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it be a fact that some governors of the County Down Lunatic Asylum do not reside in the county Down, but live in remote counties; if some governors have never attended the asylum since they have been appointed governors, while other governors have not attended on an average twice yearly; whether such non-attending governors will be removed; and, will he produce the number of times the various governors attended the Board meetings at the asylum for the five years previous to and ending the 31st day of December 1884?


I believe that some of the Governors of this Asylum do not actually reside in the county, although they are connected with it, and that some never attend the Board meetings, and others rarely. The appointment is an honorary one, and the non-fulfilment of the duty of attending would not be a sufficient reason for resorting to the extreme course suggested by the hon. Member. The Lord Lieutenant can always strengthen a Board when that is considered necessary. The hon. Member will find details of the attendance of the Governors of these Boards in the annual Reports of the Inspectors of Lunatic Asylums.


Suppose none of the Governors attend, what happens?


Then there is no attendance.