HC Deb 12 July 1904 vol 137 cc1352-3

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, if he is aware that in the Glenties Workhouse there is no water supply; that there are no baths or water-closets, or means of heating water, and that notwithstanding the frequent application of the authorities of the hospital and workhouse, these necessaries remain unsupplied; and, if so, will he direct the Local Government Board to insist on the immediate remedy of the grievances.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The water supply in this workhouse is defective. Basins and portable baths are, however, provided in the hospital. The Local Government Board inspector has repeatedly called attention to the necessity for a sufficient water supply, and the board of guardians some time ago obtained plans for the work as well as for water-closets and bathroom accommodation; but, in view of the poverty and high rates in the district, the guardians decided to await the Report of the Poor Law Reform Commission before incurring the heavy expense of a better water supply.