HC Deb 24 July 1905 vol 150 cc36-7

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the majority of the Belfast Board of Guardians, at a recent meeting, refused to accede to the request of the Catholic guardians to register a child named Leeson, whose father died a Catholic, but whose mother was a Presbyterian, as a Catholic; and whether, in view of the provisions of the law requiring guardians to bring up a child in the religion of its father, he will take steps to secure that the law will be complied with in this case.

(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) It is understood that the child's father, who is dead, was a Catholic, but its mother informed the guardians that both she and the child are now Presbyterians. The guardians appear to have complied with the law in registering the religion of the child in accordance with the wishes of the surviving parent.