HC Deb 25 June 1903 vol 124 cc556-7
MR. LEAMY (Kildare, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is now in a position to say on whom will fall the cost of the extra police necessary for the protection of the public during the race for the Gordon-Bennett Cup?


The Irish Government has been in correspondence with the Treasury on this subject. The Treasury is of opinion that there is no justification in principle for imposing, such a charge on the general taxpayer, and that it should be paid by the "applicants" referred to in Section 2 of the Light Locomotives (Ireland) Act, 1903. The Treasury recognises, however, that the circumstances of the Gordon-Bennett race are so exceptional as to justify a departure, in some measure, from this principle, and is prepared to allow a portion, not exceeding £1,000, of the extra cost of the police to fall on the Constabulary Vote, provided that guarantees are received that the whole of the remainder of the extra expenditure for extra police will be borne by the promoters, or by the County Councils concerned.


The County Council has declined to bear any further expense.


I am sorry to hear it.