HC Deb 24 August 1893 vol 16 cc968-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware of the fact that the Fair Wages Resolution is not carried into practical effect by the Guardians of the South Dublin Union; and whether there is any objection to allow those who desire it out of the 1,767 men and women inmates over 60 years of age a small weekly allowance of tobacco or snuff?


The Resolution of the House on the subject of fair wages is clearly not applicable to Boards of Guardians. I am glad to say, however, that several Boards of Guardians in England are acting upon it. In reply to the second portion of the question, the Guardians have already power to make an allowance of tobacco to workhouse inmates on the medical officer's advice. This plan has been found to work very satisfactorily, and the Local Government Board see no reason for making a departure from it in the case of the South Dublin Union.


As a Circular was issued to English Boards of Guardians freeing their hands in the direction of allowing tobacco and snuff to aged paupers, will the right hon. Gentleman issue a similar one in Ireland?


I will consider that.