§ MR. KNOX
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether Mr. Robertson has yet taken up his duties as Chairman of the Irish Board of Works; and, whether he has applied to be allowed to give evidence in favour of his former employers, the Great Northern Railway Company, against the Donegal Railway Bill, which is designed to extend the light railways built under Board of Works control when the First 1028 Lord of the Treasury was Chief Secretary; if so, whether such application will be granted?
§ MR. HANBURY
Mr. Robertson's warrant of appointment was dated the 1st instant, and he has taken up his duties at the Board of Works. He has not applied to be allowed to give evidence for or against any Bill. I personally informed. Mr. Robertson that his appointment was deferred until he was able to give an assurance that he was under no obligation to the Great Northern Railway Company to give evidence. That assurance was accordingly given before the 1st instant, the date of his appointment.