HC Deb 12 April 1910 vol 16 cc1062-3

had the following question on the Paper: To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that, though a revaluation of the city of Dublin is pending and will be so apparently for some decades, the corporation of Dublin get premises selected by them revalued by the Commissioner, while they leave the valuation of premises occupied by members of their own body and all licensed houses to await the indefinitely postponed revaluation of the city as a whole, whereby the premises of their political opponents are fully valued and those of their friends remain at the old valuation; is he aware that houses in the Clontarf added area, let at £30 a year, are valued as high as some of the best shops in the city; that licensed houses are valued without any reference to goodwill; and will he supply the Commissioner with a sufficient staff and urge him to complete the revaluation?


As this question implies, if it does not actually state, a charge of corrupt administration against the Corporation of the City of Dublin and all its members, and as it also implies a charge of collusion between them and the Government Department for the purpose of revaluation of the City, I wish to know under these circumstances whether you, Mr. Speaker, will allow that question to be repeated to the House, and whether the proper course is not for the hon. Member to put down a Motion if he has any faith in the statements made in the question?


I must look at the question more carefully than I have had time to do before I give an answer to the hon. Member's question.