§ MR. RENTOUL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been called to a statement of the coroner, Dr. Parke, J.P., at an inquest held at Downpatrick on the 14th instant, regarding the death of Roland Magill, to the effect that the guardians had acted in a scandalous manner in not appointing a locum tenens to Dr. Olpherts, who was obliged to attend the assizes on a Crown summons, and that very serious consequences might have resulted from the action of the guardians; whether the Irish Local Government Board has received any communication from the coroner, and what was the nature of that communication; and, whether anything is to be done in the matter?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have seen a newspaper report of the proceedings at the inquest in question, from which it would appear that the coroner did make use of observations to the effect stated. The Local Government Board received from the coroner a copy of the finding of the jury in the case; but pending the result of the consideration of the matter by the guardians, who, I understand, were to have had the verdict of the jury before them on Saturday, the Board are of opinion it would be undesirable for them to express their views on the merits of the case.