§ MR. DELANY (Queen's County, Ossory)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Treasury authority was obtained by the Agricultural Department for the appointment of a second division clerk in the veterinary branch as from the 1st of April last, who was to be brought in over the heads of the Catholic gentlemen who have been serving in that branch for ten years and upwards, and that the appointment was subsequently abandoned; and, if so, will he state upon what grounds it was desired to make the appointment, in view of its effect on the Catholic officials in the branch.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The appointment of an additional second division clerk has not been abandoned. The remainder of the Question repeats the unwarrantable and unfounded suggestion previously put forward and dealt with by me.