§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether it is a fact that the Board has declined to accept or recognize the reasons set forth in an unanimous Resolution of the Macroom Board of Guardians on the 29th January for changing the accounts of the Union from the National Bank (Limited) to the Munster and Leinster Bank (Limited), and whether the Board are now prepared to sanction such a change; what were the reasons which actuated the Local Government Board in refusing to sanction the change of treasurership; whether it is a fact that the National Bank dishonoured the cheques presented by the Union at first, when their overdraft did not exceed £1,493 1s. 5d., and, secondly, when the overdraft was diminished to £1,077 6s. 1d.; whether such action on the part of the said bank has seriously embarrassed the Union for several months, most of the officials and contractors not having been paid for 720 several months; whether several of the contractors have threatened to discontinue supplies; whether the Munster and Leinster Bank offered the Union accommodation to the extent of £2,000; and, whether the Local Government Board will see fit to sanction and promote the change of treasurer in the said Union?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH)
(who replied) said: This Question only appeared on Saturday, and the required information has, therefore, not yet been received from the Clerk of the Union at Macroom.