§ MR. MORROGH
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if it is a fact that a Mr. Gray contracted with the Irish Board of Works to erect the pier at Kinsale for the sum of £13,879, and after performing portion of the work the Board of Works released him from his contract; and whether Mr. Gray gave security for the duo performance of his contract; and, if so, why he was released from fulfilling his obligations in connection therewith?
§ SIR J. T. HIBBERT
Mr. Gray entered into the contract referred to in 1883, but after performing a portion of the work he fell into financial embarrassments, and the Board of Works had no alternative but to take over the works, rescinding the contract and taking possession of plant belonging to Mr. Gray to the value of over £1,000. Mr. Gray did not give personal security for the fulfilment of the contract, but security was taken in the form of retention of a proportion of the payments due to him for work done.