HC Deb 13 August 1901 vol 99 cc613-4
MR. MOORE (Antrim, N.)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate if he is aware that a warrant has been issued to Mr. John Reed, inspector of poor, at the instance of the local authority in Kilmarnock Union, for the removal to the Ballycastle Union, county Antrim, of Mary M'Auley, otherwise Kennedy, with eight children, from the parish of Kilmarnock; will he state the circumstances of this case; have any rules been made under Section 7 of the Poor Law (Scotland) Act of 1898, regulating appeals to the Scotch Local Government Board in such matters; and, seeing that the Ballycastle guardians wish to oppose the removal, will he ensure that no step shall be taken towards their actual deportation to Ireland until the fullest opportunities have been afforded the guardians for investigation in Scotland.


I learn from the Local Government Board for Scotland that they are informed that the pauper in question has resided in Scotland for about six years, and that during that time she has been frequently chargeable, in different parishes, as a pauper. She has not acquired a settlement in Scotland, and the conditions have not been complied with which would entitle either the pauper or the Irish board of guardians to appeal against the removal. The Local Government Board have framed rules under Section 7 of the Poor Law (Scotland) Act, 1898.


May I ask on what ground the Scottish authorities sent this woman to Ballycastle? There was no more reason for sending her there than to Ballyshannon.


The Scotch Local Government Board have no duty in regard to place of removal.