§ 11. Colonel Sir JAMES CRAIG
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he can state the reason why the Local Government Board for Ireland forwarded a recommendation to the Lisburn Board of Guardians suggesting that the salaries of the chaplains ought to be reduced; and whether he is aware that Sunday services entail precisely the same amount of labour be the congregation large or small, that their week-day work is in no way diminished, that they are dependent on fixed salaries, and that the cost of living has greatly increased owing to the War?
§ Mr. SAMUELS
The healthy inmates of the Lisburn. Workhouse have been transferred to Lurgan Union, and the Lisburn guardians proposed to dispense with the services of the chaplains. The Local Government Board would not consent to this proposal, and they suggested reductions in the salaries of the chaplains who objected. A conference between the chaplains, a committee of the guardians, and an inspector of the Local Government Board, with a view to effecting a settlement of the matter, is under consideration.