§ MR. GRAY
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, in the case of the late election of a Poor Law Guardian for the electoral division of Rathornan and Ridge, in the Carlow Union, the Local Government Board have decided that Mr. Jeffers, the candidate returned as duly elected by Mr. Jameson, the clerk of the Union, did not obtain a majority of the valid votes given at the election, and that, consequently, Mr. Cullen, the other candidate, did obtain a majority of valid votes; and, whether, notwithstanding 1532 this decision, the Board have decided to put the district to the expense and inconvenience of a new election, instead of ordering the substitution of Mr. Cullen for Mr. Jeffers as the duly elected candidate?
§ MR. TREVELYAN
The return of Mr. Joffers as a Guardian having been set aside by the Local Government Board under the powers vested in them by law, the office of Guardian for the electoral division in question is vacant, and can only be filled up by a new election. The Local Government Board have 110 power to appoint a Guardian, and cannot place the other candidate, Mr. Cullen, in that position.