§ MR. C. J. ENGLEDOW (Kildare N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with regard to the fact that the Carlow County Infirmary is provided by law for the treatment of the poor and destitute of that county and its expenses provided almost entirely from the public funds of the county, whether he is aware that there are grave doubts in the minds of the ratepayers of the county as to whether that institution treats any of the poor and destitute of the county, and whether the law as to the admission of the patients, the area from which such patients should be admitted and the manner of admission, is carried out, and as to whether the funds of the institution are spent to the best advantage; and, whether he would, under these circumstances, consider the necessity of directing that this institution be inspected, as directed by law, by the Local Government Board Inspector, who would also inquire into its general administration, and also that all institutions provided for the treatment of the poor and destitute and paid for out of public funds shall be regularly inspected by a government official as directed by law?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have not completed my inquiries into the 1556 matters to which this Question relates and will ask the hon. Member to postpone it until to-morrow.