§ MR. PATRICK M'HUGH
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state what was the amount of money charged against local public boards in Ireland for the auditing of their accounts by Local Government Board auditors for the year ended 31st December, 1895; and for what purpose are moneys so charged and collected by the Local Government Board devoted?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The assessments on governing bodies of towns and of lunatic asylums in Ireland are made in respect of the year ended in August of each year; and the Grand Jury fee is assessed on the accounts of the spring and summer Assizes in each year. The amount so assessed on the governing bodies of towns for the year ended August, 1895, was £1,040 4s. 6d., and of lunatic asylums, £605 16s.; and the fees levied on Grand Jury accounts for spring and summer Assizes for 1895 amounted to £2,515 2s. These assessments, which are made in accordance with Statute, are appropriated in aid of the Vote for auditors' salaries and expenses.