HC Deb 28 January 1897 vol 45 cc674-5

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state the number of stipendiary magistrates now employed in Ireland; what was the cost of the last financial year; and, are the appointments of those, magistrates permanent; and, if not, will he consider the advisability of abolishing the office of stipendiary magistrates in Ireland, or, at least, of substantially reducing the expenditure on that class of public servants?


The number of resident magistrates now employed in Ireland is (59, and the total expenditure on this service in the financial year ended March 31, 1896, amounted to £47,466. This sum was inclusive of salaries, allowances, and travelling expenses. These magistrates are permanent Civil servants.