§ MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Local Government Orders in Council (New Accounts Order), amongst other things, enact that members of a council must be twelve months resigned before being eligible as candidates for salaried positions on these councils, and also that a hard labour sentence of imprisonment will be a bar to such persons ever seeking positions under the local boards; and whether, as hard labour was frequently given to public representatives in Ireland under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, 1887, this provision will be annulled. 60 (Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Order referred to is the Public Bodies Order, which prohibits the appointment as poor rate collectors of persons who, within the previous twelve months, were members of certain public bodies, or who, within the preceding five years, were imprisoned with hard labour. In the latter case the Order gives power to the Local Government Board to assent to departures from the rule. It is not intended to modify the provisions in question.