§ Mr. WILLIAM O'BRIEN
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received a resolution passed unanimously by the board of guardians of the Swinford (county Mayo) union refusing to make provision in their estimate of rates for the threatened contribution towards the cost of removing the pauper disqualification for old age pensions, and insisting that it is the duty of the Irish party to oppose and vote against every line of the measure containing what the board designates as this iniquitous proposal; and whether, having regard to the general irritation caused in Ireland on the subject, he still intends to ask the ratepayers to contribute the equivalent of the savings nominally made by the removal of the pauper disqualification; and, if so, how soon the proposal will be submitted to the House for discussion?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Hobhouse)
The resolution referred to has been received. As to the channel through which the necessary funds for meeting the cost of the removal of the poor relief disqualification are to be obtained, I must ask the hon. Member to await the appearance of the Revenue Bill, which my right hon. Friend will introduce shortly.