HL Deb 05 July 1847 vol 93 cc1182-3

On the Motion that the Committee on the Poor Relief Supervision (Ireland) Bill be postponed,


called the attention of the Members of the Government present to a provision in the English Poor Relief Supervision Bill, as well as in this Bill, that the salary of the Chief Commissioner should be such as the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury might award him—and might from time to time award him—as if the Chief Commissioner were a mere Treasury clerk! And, yet, such Commissioner was to have a seat in Parliament! He felt certain that their Lordships would never agree to leave it to the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to say whether a great Officer of State should have 500l., or 5,000l., or 6,000l. a year. He conceived that this provision must have been introduced by an oversight, and because it was usual to put in such a clause in Bills of this kind.


remarked, that the noble and learned Lord would not expect him to make any reply to his observations in the absence of his noble Friend the President of the Council.

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