HC Deb 18 May 1896 vol 40 cc1547-8

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) how many cases of chronic but not dangerous lunatics sent from Belfast District Asylum are now in Belfast Workhouse; (2) whether the names of these patients are still retained, as required by Statute, on the books of the asylum; and, if not, why not; (3) whether the Medical Superintendent or Board of Governors of the Asylum have any control over or duties to perform towards these patients while their names still remain on the asylum books; and, (4) whether the Governors receive anything, and, if so, how much towards the support and maintenance of such patients, and how much they contribute to the Board of Guardians in respect of their keep and maintenance there?


There are at the present moment in Belfast Workhouse 77 harmless lunatics, who were sent there from time to time from the District Lunatic Asylum. Their names are not retained in the books of the asylum, as they are not maintained in the workhouse by contract with the guardians under the provisions of the 9th Section of the 38 and 39 Vict., cap. 67, but were discharged absolutely from the jurisdiction of the Asylum Governors under the 11th Section of the same Act. The reply to the third and fourth paragraphs is in the negative.