§ MR. W. J. CORBET (Wicklow, E.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord 757 Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is a fact that any of the Poor Rate collectors in the Eastern Division of the County of Wick-low have obtained payment of rates and not given receipts for same; and, if so, how it will affect the rights of persons entitled to the Parliamentary franchise?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
, in reply, said, he understood it had been the practice of the rate collector Jones to receive rates without giving receipts. Mr. Jones was asked for an explanation at the last meeting of the Board, and stated that some payment of rates were made by leaving money at his house when he was not at home, but receipts were afterwards issued. He (Mr. A. J. Balfour) did not think any rights would be affected; and he trusted that the effect of the hon. Gentleman's Question would be to prevent the recurrence of this reprehensible practice.