HC Deb 26 February 1903 vol 118 cc934-5
MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that an undertaking was given by his predecessor in November, 1898, that on application of their relatives or friends children committed to industrial schools should be released; and will he say whether he has acted, or is prepared to act, in accordance with this undertaking, and will he explain why this has not been done in a case to which his attention has been called of a child committed under a false description both as to age and religion.


My hon. friend has not been correctly informed. No undertaking such as alleged was given by my predecessor. The case referred to at the end of the Question is presumably that of Elizabeth Dunbar. She was not committed under a false description as to age and religion. The entries in the committal order corre- spond in both of these respects with the facts as disclosed by the certificate of baptism.