HC Deb 06 July 1903 vol 124 cc1383-4

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state whether poor rates, for which a decree was obtained by rate collectors and returned by the Sheriff marked nulla bona, are to be written off by the County Council of the district as irrecoverable.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) It is not practicable to lay down any general rule for dealing with such cases. For instance, although a return of nulla bona might be made in the case of a person rated as an occupier, the rate might be recovered from subsequent occupiers who, under Section 19 of the 12 and 13 Vic., cap. 104, would be liable for the rate two years after it was made. Every case must be considered and determined according to its own particular circumstances.