HC Deb 04 May 1894 vol 24 cc373-4

On behalf of the hon. Member for the St. Patrick's Division of Dublin, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether persons are qualified to be members of a Dispensary Committee who do not reside in the Dis- pensary District; and whether he will have the law on this point carried into force, as much inconvenience is caused to the poor where it is not observed?


Under Section 7 of the Medical Charities (Ireland) Act, 1851, Dispensary Committees in Ireland are composed of the ex officio and elected Guardians of the Poor who are resident, or owners, or occupiers of property in the district, together with a number of ratepayers resident in the district and rated for property therein. It is not, therefore, necessary for Guardians, ex officio and elected, to reside in the district for which they are members of committees provided they either own, or are in occupation of, property therein. With respect to the second part of the question, the Local Government Board inform me that they are not aware of any instance in which the provisions of the law referred to have not been complied with.