§ DR. AMBROSE (Mayo, W.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether the doctor who was appointed police surgeon for the districts of Newport, Glenhest, and Mallaranny, county Mayo, in succession to Dr. Gill, late of Newport, resides in Westport, the town to which Dr. Gill has removed, and for which he was asked to send in his resignation, being outside the above police districts; and will he explain why the successor to Dr. Gill, who resides in Newport, did not get the appointment.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WALTER LONG,) Bristol, S.
The hon. Member has on to-day's Paper two unstarred Questions which bear on this subject, and, with his permission, I will deal with all three together. My right hon. and learned friend has recently informed the hon. Member what were the circumstances in which Dr. Gill was required to resign. It is the fact that the gentleman who has been appointed to succeed him as medical attendant at the stations named resides at Westport, but, unlike Dr. Gill, he holds no appointment which could interfere with his attendance on the police. There is no rule which requires that Constabulary medical attendants should reside in the districts for which they are appointed. The appointment of these gentlemen rests with the Inspector-General, who consults 474 the interests of the men concerned and makes the best selection possible.
§ Appended are the unstarred Questions referred to:—
§ DR. AMBROSE
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether police surgeons in Ireland must live within the district to which they are appointed.
§ DR. AMBROSE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland why, in appointing a police surgeon for the district of Newport, county Mayo, did the police authorities select a man eight miles outside the district.