§ MR. JAMES DALY (Monaghan, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant, of Ireland (1) whether he is aware that in January 1896, the Local Government Board for Ireland sent a notice to the Local Government Board for England suggesting a committee of inquiry regarding the deportation of paupers from England to Ireland; (2) whether he is aware that the Local Government Board for England replied their willingness to nominate a member to serve on proposed committee of inquiry; and (3) whether he can state what steps the Local Government Board of Ireland have taken to carry out their part in the inquiry suggested?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The reply to the first and second paragraphs is in the affirmative. The proposal was to form a Departmental Committee, consisting of an officer to be nominated by the Local Government Boards of England, Scotland and Ireland, but the proposal fell through as the Scottish Board did not see its way to appoint a representative to act on the committee.