HC Deb 01 April 1884 vol 286 c1270

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Collector General of Dublin has obtained a legal opinion as to his right to enforce payment of the Tax levied upon the people of Dublin for compensation awarded to Mr. Field under the Crimes Act; whether the Tax is now being collected along with the Consolidated Rate; whether that course is legal; and, whether, if the rated occupier refuses to pay the Tax, it can be recovered from him solely, or whether it should be recovered from every occupier of any part of the premises?


Sir, the Collector General did not obtain a legal opinion, as no question could arise as to the validity of the warrant of the Lord Lieutenant under which he acted. The tax is being collected with the Consolidated Rate, and I am advised that there is no legal objection to its being so collected. I cannot go into the hypothetical query contained in the last paragraph. If any cases of refusal arise they will, no doubt, be considered on their merits.