§ MR. FLAVIN
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that Thomas Gilham was transferred by the Guardians of the Strand Union, London, to the Listowel (County Kerry) Workhouse, of which he is now an inmate, at the expense of the ratepayers, although he spent almost his whole life of 64 years in England; whether the removal of Gilham was illegal inasmuch as his removal warrant was not signed by two magistrates, and the date of 445 transfer also omitted; and whether the Local Government Board will order the removal from the Listowel Union of Thomas Gilham to the Strand Union, London, at the expanse of the Strand Guardians.
§ THE SECRETARY OF THE LOCAL GOVERNM ENT BOARD (Mr. T. W. RUSSELL,) Tyrone, S.
I am aware of the case referred to in the question. But I am informed that the warrant of removal was in fact signed by two magistrates, and that the date in it was correct. The Local Government Board would not in any case be empowered to order the removal of the man from Listowel to the Strand Union; but I am not aware of any ground for considering that the removal to Ireland was illegal. It appears that the man stated on oath that he had on a previous occasion, in the year 1889, been removed to the parish of Listowel in the Listowel Union, and was then acknowledged as a legally settled parishioner of that parish and union.
§ MR. FLAVIN
Will the right hon. Gentleman introduce legislation which will make it impossible—as it is now with regard to Scotland—for a pauper to be thus deported to Ireland!