§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, has his attention been called to an advertisement for the 411 selection of a medical officer to Queen's County Infirmary on the 20th May, at a salary of £186 6s. 2d. a year; will the new appointment be subject to the provisions he proposes in the Local Government Bill as to compensation for such officers on dismissal; is he aware that the officer who proposes to resign is a gentleman in sound health, and that his son is a candidate for the vacancy; has he seen the published list of the Governors of Queen's County Asyum who have this election in their hands; is he aware that there are upon it 34 relatives of the officers in question, of which 14 bear his name; is the qualification for election the payment of a guinea a year; and will he provide against his proposals applying to elections after the Bill was introduced?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have seem the advertisement mentioned in the first paragraph. With regard to the second and last paragraphs, an officer appointed after the 1st March of this year is not an existing officer within the meaning of the term as used in the Bill, and will not be entitled to compensation under its provisions. I have no information as to the third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs. The qualifications for Governor is an annual payment of £3 3s., and for a life Governor a donation of £21.