§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether it is proposed to apply the provisions of the Poor Law Officers' Superannuation Bill, if passed, to Ireland; and, in case of such application, will he take care that the proposed superannuation allowances are not made chargeable on the local rates, which at present are pressing as a sufficiently heavy burden on the Irish people?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Bill in question is not a Government Measure. The Irish Government does not object to the principle of the Bill, and its application to Ireland will not, I understand, be opposed by hon. Members opposite. So far as superannuation allowances under the Bill are not covered by the contributions of the officers, I presume there would be a charge, as heretofore, on local rates.