§ Mr. O'MALLEY
asked the Chancellor of. the Exchequer whether his attention has been called to the resolution of the Oughterard Rural District Council, Connemara, on the 23rd ultimo, in which they direct attention to the recurrence of fever in their union owing to the insantiary conditions under which the people are compelled to live, and the inability of the council to cope with the evil on account of the poverty of the union; whether the terms of reference of the proposed Committee of Inquiry, in regard to the establishment of medical benefits in Ireland under the National Insurance Act, will be wide enough to examine into the defective sanitary conditions of the insured persons in the Oughterard Union; and whether this Committee will secure the co-operation of the Congested Districts Board, the Local Government Board, and the Irish National Health Insurance Commissioners in their investigation?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
I have seen a copy of this resolution. The subject with which it deals—the sanitary condition of the houses in a particular union—would appear to be rather a matter for the Irish Local Government Board, in virtue of their powers under the Public Health Acts, than for the Committee appointed to inquire into the question of extending medical benefit to Ireland.