§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that the material used for the male patients' clothing in connection with the County Antrim Lunatic Asylum, the woollen material of Irish manufacture for female patients, together with the material from which the male attendants uniforms are made, are manufactured by one mill in Lisbel-law, county Fermanagh; that this mill have the manufacturing of fifteen out of the sixteen items of Irish manufacture supplied to Antrim Asylum, and that traders when tendering for Irish manufactured goods in Antrim Asylum are compelled to tender for the goods manufactured by this one mill in county Fermanagh; and if he is further aware that this mill have power to refuse and do refuse quotations to traders when requested to do so; and what steps, if any, does he intend taking in order that such contracts will be left open to all bonâ fide manufacturers a ad traders.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) I am making inquiry into this matter.