§ MR. JASPER TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that under the scale fixed by the Privy Council, clerks of unions and poor rate collectors are paid for the labour involved in issuing the requisition forms under the Franchise Acts of 1885, and as in a number of unions in Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon, and Sligo it has been found unnecessary to issue these forms, as involving useless expense, he will direct the auditors of the Local Government Board to surcharge payments made under this head?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The scale, according to which clerks and collectors of poor rates in unions in Ireland are paid for duties discharged by them under the Representation of the People Acts, is fixed by the Local Government Board in accordance with the provisions of 53 and 54 Vic., cap. 58. The service of the requisition forms under these Acts, is carried out in accordance with Statute, and the auditors would, therefore, have no legal power of surcharging payments made in accordance with Statute.