§ MR. D. CRILLY (Mayo, N.)
I beg tit ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can give the House the names of the paid Guardians whom the Local Government Board have appointed to conduct the business of the Belmullet Union is succession to the elected Guardians who have declared their inability' to accept any further responsibility for the administration of the poor law in the union; for what term these paid Guardians will hold office; what salary they will receive while superseding the elected Guardians; and out of what fund these salaries will be paid?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The names of the paid Vice Guardians to whom the management of the Belmullet Union has been entrusted are Dr. Edgar Flinn, who acted in a similar capacity during the administration of my predecessor, and Mr. Barnewall Crofton, who also acted as a Seed Inspector under the late Government. The Vice-Guardians are not appointed for any definite period, but cannot legally continue to hold office after March 1899. They will be paid salaries at the usual rate, viz., 903 £250 per annum each, which will be payable out of the poor rates t If the union unless otherwise arranged.
§ MR. CRILLY
asked whether these paid Guardians were to receive from the Local Government Board any salary in addition to the £250 which these poor people were called upon to pay?