HC Deb 18 July 1832 vol 14 cc525-6

On the Motion of Lord Althorp, the House resolved itself into a Committee of Supply.

Mr. Spring Rice

said, that he would propose no vote which was likely to occasion discussion.

Several votes were agreed to.

In moving that 8,807l. as the charge of the office of Vice-Treasurer and Teller of the Exchequer in Ireland,

Mr. Spring Rice

took occasion to state, that the sum which had been due from Sir George Hill, the late Vice-Treasurer of Ireland, to the Government, had all been paid up.

On its being proposed to grant a sum of 24,937l. to defray the expense of the police and watch establishment of the city of Dublin, for five quarters, from the 31st of December, 1831, to the 31st of March, 1833,

Mr. Hume

said, that in this grant was included the sum of 1,600l., paid to the Recorder of Dublin, in addition to 1,200l. paid him by the corporation of that city. As he understood that the Recorder was not bound to attend to his duties in person, he did not think the House was bound to pay him. He did not think the hon. Recorder could be in his place in that House, and discharge his duties as Recorder at the same time. He should therefore move, as an Amendment, that the gross sum be reduced by the amount of the sum paid to the Recorder.

Mr. Hunt

supported the Amendment.

Lord Ingestrie

said, that his hon. colleague had not neglected any of his judicial duties in attending that House.

Mr. Crampton

would not enter into the question, how far the duties of a Recorder were compatible with a seat in that House; but he would say, that the Amendment, if carried, would not effect the reduction of the salary of the Recorder, as that salary was paid under an Act of Parliament, which allocated it upon this grant.

Colonel Evans

supported the Amendment. It was impossible, he thought, that individuals who had important public business could attend to that while they were busy in Parliament.

Mr. Warburton

suggested to his hon. friendly the member for Middlesex, to withdraw the Amendment, and to move tomorrow for leave to bring in a bill to prevent the Recorder of Dublin from sitting in any future Parliament.

Mr. Hume

agreed to withdraw his Amendment; but stated, that he would take an early opportunity again to bring the subject under the consideration of Parliament.

Original Motion carried.