HC Deb 05 March 1901 vol 90 c581

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Asylum Committees throughout Ireland have been compelled by sealed order of t lie Local Government Board within the past year to pay a sum of £30 for the auditing of the accounts of these bodies, instead of £24 10s, paid annually up to that time; and whether he will take any steps to free the taxpayers from t his charge.


Ii is not a fact that the charge for auditing asylum accounts is now, in every case, £30, or that such charge was formerly £24 10s. in every case. The Board is now obliged to audit these accounts half yearly instead of yearly as formerly, and is under a statutory obligation to recover the cost of such audit. The fees assessed are such as will enable the Hoard to recoup the Treasury for the additional expense involved by two audits in each year.