The fourth report of the Relief Commissioners, constituted under the act 10th Victoria, cap. 7, was recently presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of her Majesty, and was on Saturday issued in a printed form pursuant to the orders of parliament. The report is to the following effect:–
Relief Commission-office, Dublin, July 19.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR LORDSHIPS– We beg to submit our fourth monthly report as commissioners under the temporary relief act.
We have now 1823 electoral divisions for relief under the operation of the act, which are distributing 2,349,000 gratuitous rations per day, at an average cost of two pence per ration, including expenses, and 79,636 rations are sold.
The falling prices of provisions, and the small profits required by the lower class of traders, have tended to keep down the necessity for much selling by committees.
Your lordships will perceive a considerable increase in the distribution, occasioned partly by the additional districts, which, although among the most suffering, have been now, for the first time, brought under the act; partly from the withdrawl of the supplies which had been so largely contributed by associations for the relief of a state of actual starvation, against which a general provision now exists; and from the reductions in the public works; but chiefly from the pressure of distress which it is notorious always weighs heavily on the agricultural population of Ireland at this season of the year.
From the commencement of August, however, we shall look forward to great reductions; the harvest promises to be very abundant, and as the temporary relief was intended to provide for the diminution of food by the failure of the potato crop, the gradual collection of the agricultural produce will remove every justification for its continuance on any other plea.
By an arrangement with the Commissary General, we are clearing out the government depots of provisions, by orders on them in lieu of so much money.
These depots were established at an anxious period of a prospect of great deficiency of supplies, which no longer exists.
The number of temporary hospitals ordered to be established under the act 10 Vic., cap. 22, now amount to 283.
Wherever opened, they are reported to have been highly beneficial, but we regret to learn that the necessity for them generally in the country is far from being abated. –We have, &c.,
|J. F. BURGOYNE,||H. D. JONES,|
|T. N. REDINGTON,||E. J. B. TWISTLETON,|
|R. L. ROUTH,||D. McGREGOR.|
To the Right Hon. the Lords Commissioners of the Majesty’s Treasury.