§ DR. THOMPSON (Monaghan, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if his attention has been called to the Report of the Special Commissioner of the British Medical Association, who has recently inquired into the grievances of the Irish Poor Law medical officers; and if, considering the allegations contained in the Report against the whole administration of the Poor Law medical service, he will recommend the appointment of a Royal Commission to investigate the whole question.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The recommendations contained in the Report 13 referred to, even if they were practicable could only be carried out at an increased cost to the ratepayers together with a further large subsidy from public funds. The views of the Local Government Board on the question of the Poor Law medical service have been fully set out in its recently published annual Report, and it is not considered that any new facts would be ascertained by an investigation of the character suggested.