§ MR. HAVILAND BURKE (Kings County, Tullamore)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Poor Law and other local officers previous to being sanctioned by the Local Government Board have to sign a query sheet promising to conform to certain regulations issued by the Local Government Board, and in existence at the time of appointment, and that these regulations or duties are specified under the headings of the different offices; and will he say whether any officer who complies with the regulations prescribed for his office and discharges the duties accordingly, can be disturbed in his tenure of office by either the local authority under whom he serves or by the Local Government Board; and, if so, to state the Act of Parliament and the section; whether there is any rule laid down in the Local Government Board office for determining the punishments to be meted out to the Poor Law and other local officers for transgression of or dereliction in the 313 discharge of duty; and whether there have ever been any instances in which Poor Law officers have been dismissed by the Local Government Board without their boards of guardians ever having been apprised of bad marks being made against them in the Local Government Board offices; and, if so, will he state the cases and the causes which led to such action.
§ MR. WALTER LONG
With the hon. Member's permission I will furnish a printed reply to this Question.