§ MR. CAREW (Dublin, College Green)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Irish Executive have received from officials charged with registration work in Ireland representations as to the impossibility of their having the necessary work of the coming revision carried out within the times limited in the Registration Acts, in view of the increase of work and increased printing necessitated by the Registration (Ireland) Act, 1898, and the rules thereunder; and, if so, whether the Government intend to introduce a Bill to enable the times at present, limited to be sufficiently extended for the due execution of the duties referred to, not only for the present year, but for the future?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
Conflicting representations have been received in reference to the work of revision under the recent Registration Act, some to the effect that it was quite practicable to have the work done within the time fixed by Statute, and others to the effect that it was absolutely impossible. The matter is under the consideration of the Government, and will probably be dealt with by a clause in the Local Government Bill, should legislation prove to be necessary.