§ MR. EDWARD P. O'KELLY (Wicklow, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) if he is aware that two boxes of clothing belonging to a servant of the Central Hotel, Dublin, who died a few months ago of smallpox in a Dublin Hospital, were sent by the Central Hotel proprietors to the deceased woman's mother, a resident of the town of Wicklow; and that the Town Commissioners of Wick-low, acting on the advice of Sir Charles Cameron, Dublin, burnt the clothing; and (2) will the Local Government Board call upon the Dublin Sanitary Authority to prosecute the proprietors of the Central Hotel under Subsection (3) of Section 142 of the Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878, and to provide compensation for the burnt clothing?
MR. JOHN MORLEY
I am informed that the facts are as stated in the first paragraph. The Local Government Board are of opinion that the Wicklow Town Commissioners into whose district the clothing was sent from an infected area were the persons aggrieved by the action of the hotel proprietors, and any prosecution under the 142nd Section of the Act referred to should be instituted by them and not by the Dublin Sanitary Authorities. If any compensation is to be allowed it should be given by the Wicklow authorities, who directed the destruction of the clothing.