§ MR. CREAN (Queen's Co., Ossory)
On behalf of the hon. Member for North Leitrim, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will lay upon the Table of the House a Return of the meetings of the Congested Districts (Ireland) Board and of the members who attended them since the beginning of the present year; how many members form a quorum, and how many signatures are required to cheques issued by the Board; and are the accounts of the Board duly audited, and does the auditor surcharge in case of misapplication of funds?
MR. J. MORLEY
I do not think any useful public purpose would be served by laying upon the Table of the House a Return of the nature indicated in the first paragraph of the question. At Board meetings the attendance of three members, and at committee meetings of two members, is necessary. Payments are not made by means of cheques, but by the usual payable orders. The signatures of members are not required to such orders. The accounts of the Board are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, who possesses very ample powers in the case of any irregularity.