§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in addition to the statutory annual salary of £20,000 a year, any allowance or gratuity to an incoming Lord Lieutenant is made; and, if so, will he state its amount, and whether it is payable under any, and, it so, what statutory provision, and out of what public fund is it provided; if not secured by statute, will he undertake that it will be discontinued.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The Lord Lieutenant receives on appointment an allowance of the mysterious sum of £2,769 4s. 8d., which, I understand, is equivalent to £3,000 in Irish money. It is paid out of the Civil Contingency Fund. The payment is customary, and not statutory. Parliament votes the sum, and the amount paid for civil contingencies is recouped by a Vote in the next session.
§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
If the Lord Lieutenant be a gentleman of large wealth, does this allowance go to him? Will it be included in a Supplementary Estimate?