MR. PINKEETON (Galway)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If he can state the reason why Colonel Smith, R.E., 598 did not include the Bowling Green Mills, Galway, in his Report to the Treasury in 1879; whether Colonel Smith was precluded by his instructions from inquiring into the case of those mills; and, whether the Treasury is prepared to lay Colonel Smith's Report upon the Table of the House?
§ THE SECEETAEY (Mr. JACKSON) (Leeds, N.),
in reply, said, he had looked into the voluminous Papers relating to the case, and he found that the mills alluded to were dealt with by Colonel Smith in 1879, his instructions having comprised them with other cases. His Report, so far as it was of a public character, was communicated in 1880 to those locally interested, and he (Mr. Jackson) saw no reason for now presenting it to Parliament. He might add that the particular point about which complaint was made had been repeatedly investigated by his Predecessors in Office, and their conclusion had always been that nothing more could be done in the matter than had been already done.
§ MR. PINKERTON
asked if the hon. Member was aware that the building mentioned had been excluded from Colonel Smith's Report, and that no remuneration had been given?
§ [No reply.]