§ MR. MURPHY (Dublin, St. Patrick's)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether the Corporation of Dublin have to pay in the first instance, on the order of the Clerk of the Peace, to any prosecutor or other person named in the order, such costs as the Judge or Recorder might award in cases of felony tried in Dublin; whether the Treasury in 1860 undertook to repay the costs of those prosecutions, and did they, in fact, do so down to 1885; if in that year, and frequently since, considerable portions of the costs awarded by the Judges and paid by the Corporation have been disallowed by the Treasury as being in excess of the "Treasury scale," although the Courts do not recognize this scale; were some of the prosecutions, in respect of which disallowances have been made, against fraudulent bankrupts from other parts of Ireland; by what authority, statutable or otherwise, do the Treasury; prescribe their scale of costs, or apply it to those repayments; and, will the Treasury simplify this matter in future by paying the costs direct to the person named in the Judge's order, or will they at least refund the full amounts paid by the Corporation?
§ THE SECRETARY (Mr. JACKSON) (Leeds, N.)
I think, Sir, this information will have to be obtained from the Irish Office; and I must, therefore, ask the hon. Gentleman to postpone it.
§ MR. MURPHY
said, he must respectfully ask the Secretary to the Treasury when he could give him an answer to the Question, because he had already postponed a similar Question about a fortnight ago.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said, the Government had sent for information to the Irish Office, and they hoped to be in a position to answer the Question on Monday next.