§ DR. AMBROSE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland on how many occasions during the last two years extra police have, been drafted into the County Mayo: what is the total cost of such extra police; and how many have been so drafted.
§ MR. ATKINSON (for Mr. (G. W. BALFOUR)
Extra police have been drafted into the County Mayo on two occasions during the past two years. A draft, consisting of fifty men, was sent to the county on the 4th March, 1898, and this force is still employed there. In April, 1899, a draft of one head constable and 586 twelve men was sent to preserve the peace at local government elections. The total cost of the force of fifty men employed in the county is £ 3,446 5s. per annum, one-half of which is chargeable to the county. The cost of drafting the force of twelve men on the occasion of the elections last year was £ 21, of which a sum of £ 3 16s. 1d. has been charged against the county.