§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention-has been called to statements made at a meeting of the Longford County Council to the effect that patients per bead in Mullingar Asylum in Ireland cost from 45 to 75 per cent, more than in the Chester Asylum in England; and whether, in view of the capitation allowance in these cases, he will take some steps to have the Government grant in aid for asylums in Ireland increased so a to lessen the burden on the taxpayer.
§ MR. WALTER LONG
The comparison drawn in the first part of the Question is inaccurate. The figures upon which this comparison is based are inclusive of building expenditure in the case of Mullingar Asylum, but are exclusive of such expenditure in the case of Chester Asylum. The reply to the second inquiry is in the negative.