§ MR. ROBERT AMBROSE (Mayo, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, under the Order in Council made under the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898, a person who has obtained employment on the relief works recently carried out in the congested districts is disqualified for being elected or being a member of a council established by the Act if he has been so employed within twelve months of the date of election?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
Section 4 of the Outdoor Relief (Ireland) Act, 1898, provides that no electoral disability or loss of any Parliamentary or other franchise shall be incurred by any person by reason of a grant of outdoor relief having been made to him under that Act or by reason of any such grant ratified under that Act. The intention of the clause was to protect from disqualification under the circumstances mentioned, and I believe that to be its effect.