HC Deb 29 February 1884 vol 285 cc220-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If any person in Ireland can be deprived of the right of voting at the elections of Poor Law Guardians for not having paid the seed rate; and, if the Local Government Board will give such directions as will insure that no one is deprived of his vote for not having paid this rate?


Sir, the Seed Supply Act requires that the seed rate shall be levied as a part of the poor rate, and collected with it. The disabilities as to voting which follow nonpayment of the one, equally, therefore, attend non-payment of the other. This being provided by law, the Local Government Board have no power to give such a direction as is suggested.