HC Deb 10 March 1898 vol 54 c1227

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, is he aware that, at Monaghan Assizes last week, a reassessment of nearly £2,000 was ordered to cover the defalcations of a collector who appropriated the money to his own use; how would cesspayers in England be treated in similar circumstances; and, will he provide a safeguard in the Local Government Bill against the recurrence of such a case, by making it compulsory on County and Urban Councils to have the security for collectors of a guarantee society in addition to solvent personal sureties?


I am informed that a sum of £2,613, being the amount of the defalcations of two Barony cess collectors, was represented at the county at large at the recent Monaghan Assizes. The grand jury brought the matter before the Judge of Assize, who, after argument, fiated the presentment. I have no information as to the second paragraph, and with regard to the inquiry in the third paragraph, I would refer the hon. Member to the provisions of Section 55, Sub-Section 3, of the Local Government Bill.