HC Deb 13 May 1881 vol 261 c407

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government had been called to the fact that, under the 34th section of the Inland Revenue Bill, the five District Registrars for Kilkenny, Tuam, Ballina, Cavan, and Mullingar, would be deprived of a large proportion of the fees by which they are at present paid; and, whether it is the intention of the Government, in case the Clause shall pass in its present form, to place those officers on fixed salaries equivalent to their present official incomes; and, is it not the fact that, with the exception of those five officers, all other District Registrars, both in Ireland and England, are now paid by salaries in lieu of fees?


Sir, our attention has already been called to the fact brought forward by the hon. and learned Member, and I have to state there is no intention that the interests of any individual officer should be prejudiced by the operation of the clause in question. The best way of meeting the case of these five gentlemen is now receiving the consideration of the Treasury. The hon. and learned Member is correct in saying that all other district registrars in Ireland and England are now paid by salary.