§ MR. PYNE (Waterford, W.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the police refused to give out the voting papers of the Dungarvan Union at the recent Poor Law election; and, if the County of Waterford is paying a large sum for extra police; and, if so, whether he will see that the Dungarvan Union is refunded any loss they may have incurred by the refusal of the police to serve voting papers?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
According to the Police Regulations, the police are allowed to assist the Poor Law Authorities in the work referred to, so far as it can be done consistently with the demands made on their time by the regular police work. In the case of the Dungarvan Poor Law election, the police were unable to give out the voting papers, as they had other duties to attend to. The Guardians have no claim to compensation for any expense they may have incurred in consequence 55 of the inability of the police to do the work for them.