§ MR. J. DEVLIN (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has boon called to certain surcharges, amounting to over £380, which have been made by the Local Government Board's auditor against certain members of the Holywood, county Down, Urban District Council; and whether, in view of the fact that the surcharges being made; has given rise to recrimination amongst the councillors and the ratepayers concerned, he will order an independent inquiry into all the circumstances connected with these surcharges.
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Local Government Board have not yet received a report of the surcharges referred to in the (Question. Any district councillors or 694 ratepayers who may be aggrieved by the auditor's decision can appeal against the surcharges to the Court of King's Bench, and thus secure a review of the decision by an independent tribunal.