HC Deb 07 May 1894 vol 24 cc461-2

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state the number of inmates in the lunatic department of the Belfast Workhouse on the 14th of December last, and also the number of deaths of inmates there since that date; and whether he has yet come to any decision as to the desirability of holding a sworn inquiry into the conduct and management of the department, the mode of admitting patients, their treatment, and generally into the working of the establishment?


I have not yet completed my inquiries into the matter raised by this and previous questions addressed to me by my hon. Friend, the importance of which I fully recognise, and I must ask, therefore, that he will be good enough to defer the question for a few days.

MR. SEXTON (Kerry, N.)

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he has ascertained the correctness or otherwise of some figures I gave him a week or two ago to the effect that out of 400 or 500 lunatics confined in this place since last December 47 have died?


I have called for a Report, but have not yet received it. I will not lose sight of the matter.