HC Deb 03 May 1898 vol 57 cc161-2

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the numbers he has mentioned with reference to the servants and attendants employed in the Carlow District Lunatic Asylum include all servants and attendants, male and female, employed in that institution, whether actually hired by the board of guardians or by the resident medical officer on their behalf; whether the names of 30 servants and attendants (28 female and 2 male) have not been included in the Return made to him, whose average service is about ten weeks; whether he will ascertain who was responsible for furnishing him with an incorrect and misleading Return; whether he will get a Return of the names and length of service of the entire staff of the institution on the 2nd of May; and if, after consideration of this further information, he will have an inquiry made into the causes or reason for so many servants and attendants leaving this institution?


The numbers mentioned by me on Friday last included the cases of all officers and at- tendants who have left the Carlow Asylum since the 1st January, 1894, but not the cases of servants hired by the Resident Medical Superintendent on behalf of the governors. The fact, I am now informed, is as stated in the second paragraph. The Return from which the figures already quoted were taken was furnished by the Resident Medical Superintendent. The inspectors of lunatic asylums have called for the information suggested in the fourth paragraph. The consideration of this further information cannot affect the decision expressed by me on Friday last—namely, that I had asked the inspectors on the occasion of their next visit to the asylum to inquire and report whether there is any special reason for dissatisfaction on the part of the subordinate staff of the establishment.