HC Deb 02 February 1893 vol 8 cc230-1
MR. ROSS (Londonderry)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland on what grounds were the names of the Very Rev. the Dean of Derry and the Rev. J. M. Rodgers, D.D., removed from the list of Governors of the Londonderry Lunatic Asylum?


The gentlemen referred to were appointed under Order in Council, dated December 31, 1891, for one year. Their appointments Wider that Order absolutely lapsed on December 31,1892. In making the new appointments for London- derry Asylum for 1893 to the 11 Governorships, to which the Lord Lieutenant directly nominates, his Excellency with regret felt himself unable to include these gentlemen in his selections. This was due, not to any personal grounds whatever, but solely to the necessity for establishing a fairer and more general representation on the Board. I had thought of asking the hon. Gentleman to postpone the question; butt if he is satisfied with what I have now said, perhaps be will be good enough to wait for a statement of general policy on these matters, which I hope to be able to make shortly.