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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 30 June 1870

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said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether it is his intention to pay to the clerks of Unions in Ireland 2d. only for each agricultural holding contained in the Return sent from their Union; and, whether, if this is intended to cover all expenses connected with their preparation, the clerks of Unions would not be out of pocket by the furnishing such Return?

The original estimate for these Returns was £3,000, and the sum which the Irish Government now requires is £5,500. I am unable to say whether that sum, divided by the number of holdings in Ireland, will give a quotient of 2d. If it does, that is what we intend to pay; and I have so good an opinion of the Irish Government, and of the manner in which they look after the interests of their employés, that I feel convinced those employés will not be losers.