§ MR. SLOAN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the practice of taking lunatics to the workhouses without first having them certified by a medical practitioner or examined by a magistrate as prescribed by law; and, if so, will he say under what circumstances it is permissible to admit such cases without the necessary safeguards to the safety of the persons; and will instructions be given for the carrying out of the law in this respect.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
A person of unsound mind, who is prima facia destitute, is entitled to be admitted to a workhouse. It is not legally necessary that he shall be certified by a medical practitioner or examined by a magistrate before admission. But such a person may, after admission, be transferred to a lunatic asylum if the circumstances justify the transfer.