§ MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the ravages of consumption in Ireland; whether he is aware that the average death rate from tuberculosis, which in 1902 was 11,837, had risen to 12,694 in 1904; and whether the Government intend taking any steps to give immediate effect to the recommendations of the Viceregal Commission on the Irish Poor Law contained in paragraphs 101–107 of their Report.
I beg to refer to the Answer which I gave to the Question on this subject put by the hon. Member for West Cavan on 26th June last †. The hon. Member will see that the matter has already engaged the serious attention of the Government. The Local Government Board have been in communication with local authorities and medical officers of health on the subject. The recommendations of the Irish Poor Law Commission upon this and other subjects will receive full consideration, but as I have already said, I do not anticipate that I shall be in a position to make a statement as to the intention of the Government in respect of those recommendations for some time to come.