§ MR. ARTHUR O'CONNOR
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, with reference to his statement in the discussion on the votes for the Board of Works (Ireland), that he would in the autumn inquire into that office, If he has been able to do so; and, if it is a fact that he has received from Colonel M'Kerlie, the chairman, and Mr. Hornsby, the secretary, an intimation of their desire to retire from the service, in accordance with the recommendation of Lord Crichton's Committee of 1878, and if the Treasury has offered them facilities for doing so, and with what results?
§ MR. COURTNEY
The subject of the hon. Member's Question has not been overlooked; but I am not yet in a position to make any definite statements in respect to it. I have not received from Colonel M'Kerlie or Mr. Hornsby an intimation of a desire to retire. No facilities would be necessary, as both 1096 these officers are entitled to retire if they wish to do so.