HC Deb 27 June 1907 vol 177 cc73-4
VISCOUNT TURNOUR (Sussex, Horsham)

To ask the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether he is aware that the King's County Council, at a special meeting held at Tullamore on 19th June, appointed as inspector under the Sheep Dipping Orders a man named Horan, on the ground that he belonged to the United Irish League, although Mr. Colclough, who held the appointment during the previous year, was reported by the secretary as having been most efficient; and whether he will give directions that such appointments are not to be filled up on the grounds of political expediency, but for reasons of technical ability to fill them.

(Answered by Mr. T. W. Russell.) The Department have no official information as to the grounds of selection in this instance. In the case of temporary appointments of this kind it is not the practice to interfere with the discretion of the appointing authority.