§ *MR. KENNEDY (Westmeath, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware, that, in consequence of representations from the Local Government Board as to the necessity of taking steps to compel the rate collectors to use greater diligence in the lodgment of rates and otherwise to comply with the regulations of that Board, the County Council of Meath, after investigation by its Finance Committee, suspended one of the collectors unanimously early this year; that the Board removed the suspension to enable this officer to complete his current collection, intimating that on its completion it would be open to the Council to again suspend him, which the Council did, whereupon the Local Government Board again removed his suspension; and whether, seeing that the County Council has intimated its inability to maintain official discipline in consequence of the Local Government Board's action, he will direct the Local Government Board to reconsider its decision.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The facts are substantially as stated. But I am making further inquiry into certain features of this case, and shall be obliged if the hon. Member will repeat his Question next week.