HC Deb 12 April 1892 vol 3 c1242

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received a copy of the resolution passed by the Board of Guardians of Newtownards. Union, in which they protest against the law of Scotland which enables the Scottish authorities to return the destitute Irish poor to Ireland who have worked all their lives in Scotland, and whether he proposes to take any, and, if so what, steps in the matter?


A copy of the resolution referred to has been received by the Local Government Board. In regard to the general subject I fear I can add nothing to my reply to a similar question put to me on the 4th March last.


I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is aware that this poor Irishman was deported from Scotland to the workhouse at Newtownards, where he has since died; and whether, after-spending a lifetime in Scotland, he was not at the time of his deportment in a dangerous state of health; and whether the Guardians did not concur that his death was caused by his removal; and whether steps will be taken to prevent a recurrence of this incident?


I am afraid that no steps can be taken which would prevent a recurrence. The man though he had lived in Scotland some years had not obtained a settlement, and, therefore, he could not be admitted into a Scotch workhouse.