HC Deb 04 December 1906 vol 166 cc775-6
MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford)

I wish to ask the Chief Secretary a question of which my right hon. friend the Lord Mayor of Dublin has given him private notice—whether having regard to the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Ireland in the case of the King, Drury v. the Corporation, the Local Government Board will take immediate steps to have the accounts of the corporation audited by Mr. James King the auditor of the North Dublin Union.


The decision of the Court of Appeal referred to was given yesterday, and this morning Mr. King was directed by the Local Government Board to audit the accounts of the corporation.

SIR E. CARSON (Dublin University)

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, was the auditor selected by the Local Government Board or the corporation?


By neither I believe. He is the person whom the Statute indicated; the corporation had nothing to do with the matter.


What I meant to ask was this. I know the auditor was appointed by the Statute; but Mr. King's name is not in the Statute, and I ask who selected him.


I understand. If the right hon. Gentleman wishes I will have inquiries made. My impression is that he is the person indicated by the Statute as the person to audit the accounts. Certainly the corporation have not come into the matter at all; the appointment is. made by the Statute.


May I ask whether the Statute does not provide that audit should be made by the auditor of the accounts of the North Dublin Union, and whether Mr. King is not that person?


That is my impression.