HC Deb 06 August 1889 vol 339 cc551-2

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he has noticed in the list of shareholders of the "Land Corporation Company," published in the Freeman of 30th ultimo, the name of General William Sankey as a holder of 20 shares in said company; is he able to state whether the said General William Sankey is the same person as the General Sankey who is Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland; and, whether it is in accordance with the rules of the Service that the Chairman of a Public Board, which has to discharge such important functions as those entrusted to the Board of Public Works in Ireland, should be a shareholder in a company with which the Board of Public Works has frequently to deal, and the chief objects of the said company being moreover mainly of a political character?


There is no foundation whatever for the suggestion in the question. Any of the ordinary sources of information, such as Whitaker's Almanack or Thom's Directory, will show that the Chairman of the Board of Public Works is Lieutenant General R. H. Sankey, not General William Sankey. I am sure that the hon. Member will regret that he should have put the question.


I cast no reflection on General Sankey. I should be sorry to do so.