§ MR. EVANS
said, he would beg to ask Mr. Attorney General, Whether the attention of the Law Officers of the Crown has been directed to certain arrangements alleged to have been concluded, or to be in process of being made, in several Metropolitan and other parishes, under which the owners of small tenements are to collect and pay over the Poor Rates on behalf of their tenants, and are to be remunerated for their trouble by a money compensation; whether these arrangements are in accordance with the provisions of the Reform Act of 1867; whether the right of any occupier, on whose behalf payment of the Poor Rates is made under any such arrangements, to be registered as a Voter is thereby in any way affected; and, whether, in the event of any one Rate, between the 5th day of January and the 20th day of June in the present year, being made or collected contrary to the provisions of the Reform Act of last year, the right of such occupier to be registered as a Voter will not be vitiated?
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
said, in reply, that the attention of the Law 1889 Officers of the Crown had not been drawn to any such arrangements as were referred to in the Question of the hon. Member, nor did they know that any such arrangements were in progress. It was obvious that, without knowing the details of such arrangements, if they exist, it would be impossible to hazard an opinion as to the effect that would be produced by them.