HC Deb 05 August 1907 vol 179 cc1523-4

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if his attention has been called to the statement of Lord Rathmore, chairman of the Provincial Bank of Ireland, that the reason why more of the directors were not Irishmen was that it was not easy to find eligible men in Ireland to go to London to attend board meetings; if he can state whether this bank transacts any of the Irish Government's business; and, if so, whether, in view of the above statement, he will consider the advisability of transferring such Government business to an Irish bank, having an Irish board and its head offices in Ireland.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) My right hon. friend has asked me to answer this Question. I am not aware of any case in which this bank transacts Government business.