Motion made, and Question proposed—
That a sum, not exceeding 24,250l., be grant ed to Her Majesty, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the office of the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in Dublin and London, and the Privy Council Office in Ireland, to the 31st day of March, 1851.
§ SIR W. JOLLIFFE
objected to the amount charged in this vote for "contingencies." The charge under that head in the Chief Secretary's office alone was 2,701l., and the total charge for contingencies in the vote was 3,321l.
§ SIR G. GREY
said, the item of "contingencies" covered a variety of miscellaneous expenses which it was impossible to state in detail. In the charges for the offices of the several Secretaries of State, and every other public department, a similar item occurred. Among the expenses defrayed under this head were the salaries of extra clerks, the payment for occasional assistance in the offices, and other charges.
§ COLONEL SIBTHORP
proposed that the salary of the Chief Secretary for Ireland should be reduced from 5,500l. to 5,000l.
Afterwards Motion made, and Question put—
That a sum, not exceeding 23,760l., be granted to Her Majesty, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the Office of the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in Dublin and London, and the Privy Council Office in Ireland, to the 31st day of March, 1851.
§ The House divided:—Ayes 41; Noes 156: Majority 115.
§ Vote agreed to, as was also Vote (17.) for 5,646l. for the expenses of the department of Paymaster of Civil Services in Ireland.
§ House resumed. Committee to sit again on Friday.
§ The House adjourned at a quarter after One o'clock.