HC Deb 06 May 1907 vol 173 cc1314-5
MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, when the Government intend to give effect, by legislation or otherwise, to the findings of the Committee appointed to inquire into the working of the Poor Law system of Ireland, whose Report is awaited with anxiety by the people of Ireland.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Report to which the hon. Member refers has been presented to Parliament. The Government deem it necessary to consider carefully the recommendations of the Commission as a whole before undertaking legislation to give effect to them. As I have already indicated, this will take a considerable time, and I do not, therefore, expect to be able in the near future to make any definite statement on the subject.