HC Deb 01 March 1887 vol 311 cc872-3
MR. COX (Clare, E.)

asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Whether Mr. Francis Morrice, Secretary to the Grand Jury, County Clare, demands the following fees from road contractors prior to and after the execution of contracts—namely, 1s. for each printed tender form, 2s. 6d. by way of fee, and a sum varying from 4s. to 8s. on being paid the amount of their contract; and, whether these charges are legal; and, if not, whether Her Majesty's Government will take any action to put an end to the practice?


The Government know nothing of this matter. I have stated before that the Secretary of the Grand Jury was entitled to charge a fee for a form of tender. I cannot give any opinion as to whether the charges mentioned are legal or not; but if they are illegal the persons aggrieved had their legal remedy.