HC Deb 10 May 1904 vol 134 cc895-6
MR. HUGH LAW (Donegal, W.)

I bog to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has yet communicated with the President of the Local Government Board with reference to including Ireland in the proposed inquiry regarding vagrancy; and, if so, with what result; and whether, in the event of such inclusion not being decided upon, he will initiate a separate inquiry into the question as it affects Ireland.


Yes, Sir. My right hon. friend the President of the English Local Government Board is of opinion, in which I concur, that the investigation he contemplated into the subject of vagrancy should be limited to England and Wales. The Vice-Regal Commission appointed to report on the Irish Poor Laws is inquiring into matters affecting vagrancy in Ireland, so far as covered by the terms of reference to the Commission. The suggestion in the second part of the Question will be considered when the Vice-Regal Commission has furnished its, Report.