To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state what the Government propose to do respecting the Viceregal Report upon the Poor Law administration and treatment of lunatics in Ireland; and whether he is aware that both those questions are regarded as extremely urgent by the majority of Irish county councils, who favour efficiency, economy, and reform.
The great majority of the recommendations of the Viceregal Commission would require legislation to give effect to them. The question of legislation will receive full consideration, but it is one of considerable magnitude and complexity, and I cannot at present make any statement as to when it may. be possible to introduce legislation on the subject. I have already stated that if the local authorities concerned should desire that effect may be given to any particular recommendations which can be carried out under the existing law, the Local Government Board will give prompt and favourable consideration to the matter.