§ MR. MCKILLOP (Armagh, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether four pounds twelve shillings worth of dog stamps was returned by Mr. Barrett, Clerk of the Petty Session of Holyrood, Bangor, and Newtownbreda, voluntarily, and at the proper time for making such return, or only after being communicated with by the Registrar of Petty Sessions Clerks or other authority; and what proportion of the licences, in which more than one dog was included, were found to be insufficiently stamped and the stamps returned to the Registrar.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Registrar of Petty Sessions Clerks informs me that 810 the clerk in question returned the dog stamps referred to in the Question before any communication had been received that some licences had not been properly stamped. The Registrar is not aware how many dog licences were issued with insufficient stamps, but the number of stamps placed on the licences is not the check employed upon the clerk's accounts of dog licences issued. Every clerk is charged 2s. for each dog licence issued, as shown in the register of dog licences, independently of the stamps used.