HC Deb 14 May 1902 vol 108 c192

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention had been drawn to that portion of the Report of the Royal Commission on Local Taxation in which the Royal Commissioners recommend that new grants should be given in Ireland in aid of the maintenance of the sick and infirm, of the maintenance and education of poor law children, of the provision of asylum accommodation for pauper lunatics and imbeciles, and for the up-keep of main roads; and can he inform the House whether it is the intention of the Irish Government to give legislative effect this session to those recommendations; and, if not, can he make any statement as to the intentions of His Majesty's Government respecting legislation in the direction indicated.


The grants recommended in the case of Ireland by the majority of the Commissioners are analogous to those suggested by the same authorities for England, and the Government could only entertain consideration of these recommendations in their application to the United Kingdom as a whole. I can make no statement as to the intention of the Government, but obviously legislation would not be possible during the present session.