§ MR. McKEAN (Monaghan, S.)
to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state whether any contract was made for the printing of the Irish Census; and, if so, has the cost so far incurred been in accordance with it.
(Answered by Mr. Hayes Fisher.) The printing of the Irish Census was carried out partly under a general contract for book-work printing and partly under two special contracts. The cost so far incurred has been in accordance with these contracts, with two exceptions. The firm which held the general con tract performed certain extra work, for which an extra payment of £1,000 was made to them. In addition, a further payment of £1,000 was made to them as an act of grace in consideration of the heavy losses which they had incurred.