The Marquess of Westminster
inquired whether it was the intention of the noble Duke to propose any Measure to Parliament with reference to the introduction of a system of poor laws into Ireland? He also wished to know whether the noble Duke meant to propose any provision for the support of the Roman Catholic Clergy of Ireland; and, if so, from what fund such provision was to be taken?
§ The Duke of Wellington
said, that a Commission was at present employed in making inquiries with reference to the propriety and feasibility of introducing into Ireland a system of Laws for the relief of the poor in that portion of the Empire. Until that Commission made its Report, of course Government could do nothing on the subject. With respect to the second Question of the noble Marquess, he was not aware that it was intended to make any provision for the Roman Catholic Clergy, and therefore no Question could arise as to the fund out of which such a provision was to come.