§ MR. WILIAM CORBET (Wicklow, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, (1) whether the Reverend Father Clarke, now undergoing sentence in Wexford Gaol has undergone the two terms of punishment on bread and water imposed on him by the governor of the gaol for refusing to take exercise with the 1286 ordinary prisoners; and (2), whether it is the fact that a number of prisoners convicted of disgraceful crimes, pickpockets, burglars, and others have been transferred from Dublin to Wexford, and is it intended to require the Reverend Father Clarke to take exercise in the same yard and at the same time with such criminals?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
As regards the inquiry in the first paragraph, I beg to refer the hon. Member to my reply of yesterday on this subject. I may, how-ever, add that I am informed that one of the terms of punishment was remitted on medical grounds. With respect to the inquiry in paragraph 2, time has not admitted of the receipt of a Report, a local reference being necessary.