§ DR. ROBERT AMBROSE (Mayo, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been drawn to a resolution of the Westport Board of Guardians, passed at their meeting on the 20th February, in which they declare their inability to meet the requirements of the Local Government Board Inspector as to the structural alterations which he ordered them to carry out in the Westport Workhouse, at a cost of £3,350; and, would he, considering the poor state of the Westport Union, postpone the carrying out of those alterations until the Government have arrived at some decision as to the amalgamation of unions in Ireland?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have received a copy of the resolution referred to. For the present, the Local Government Board do not propose to require the Guardians of this union to carry out any structural alterations in the workhouse beyond those which are urgently necessary and which would have to be carried out under any circumstances.