Public Assistance (Disqualification).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr John Guest Mr John Guest , Hemsworth

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that some doubt has arisen as to whether a person who has received relief or a loan from the board of guardians is disqualified for election on the parish or district councils or the board of guardians; and if he will make a statement on this question in order to remove doubt and misapprehension at the forthcoming local elections?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am not aware that any doubt has arisen on this point. Section 46 of the Local Government Act, 1894, provides that a person shall be disqualified for being elected or being a member or chairman of a council of a parish or of a district other than a borough or of a board of guardians if he has within 12 months before his election or since his election received union or parochial relief. I am advised that the question whether the relief was or was not given by way of loan is immaterial.