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The Eighth Report Fees, Gratuities, Perquisites Ireland

21/02/1809

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I IO Appendix, N" 73 Appendix, N° 74. Appendix, N" 68. Appendix, Nu' 75& 76. Appendix, ftM 67 & 68. Appendix, N° 77. Appendix, Ns 64. ( A.) Appendix, N05 64. ( C.) & 65. ( C.) Appendix, N° 67. Appendix, N° 68. ( Ireland.)— Eighth REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS [ Excife exercife of any dilcretionary power by the Revenue Board, exprefsly directs " that the faid ieveral allowances fhould be in lieu of all charges " whatfoever upon account of the feveral bufineffes," to which they relate. According to this conftru& ion, the order appears to have been afted upon without any deviation until the year 1796, no other allow- ances than fuch as it permits having been made to the Solicitors, not- withftanding inftances occurred in every year during that period of Regulation Bills having been pafled, and the ufual Fees paid to the Law Officers on that account. But from that year, ( when a ium of 50 Guineas was granted to the Solicitors for preparing one Regulation Bill) until the Union, the pra& ice has been quite different, the Revenue Board, at its own dilcretion, and without any authority from Government, direfting in each year confiderable payments, in addition to their fixed allowances to be made to thefe Officers, in confideration of their prepar- ing fuch Bills. If, in executing the duties of their Office, the Solicitors incurred any very extraordinary degree of trouble, we by no means intend to fay that they fhould not be remunerated, but we think that an arrangement deliberately formed, and appearing to have been made 011 terms extremely favourable to the parties, ought not to have been fvftematically deviated from, without the fa nation and concurrence of Government. At the Union, it being intended that all Money and Regulation Bills, fhould in future be prepared in England, the then Law Officers and the Solicitors received compenfation for the lols it appeared they would luftain in the emoluments of their refpeCtive Offices, in confequence of fuch arrangement; and notwithftanding the fixed annual allowances affigned to the Solicitors by the order of 1791, they received each the grant of an annuity of £. 716. 14. J. \\ d. during their relpe& ive lives, the Gommiffioners, appointed to afcertain the loffes incurred by individuals in confequence of the Union, having reported that thefe Offices were, 011 an average of the laft four years, diminifhed in their annual value to that amount. For the firft two years fublequent to the Union, all fuch Bills were accordingly prepared in England; but in 1803, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer intend- ing to provide for the regulation of the Irifh Revenue by permanent itiftead of annual Bills, not lefs than twelve Regulation Bills were prepared in this Country, at an expence however greatly under the rate above ftated, tile Fees allowed to live Counfel, and the two Solicitors, amounting only to £. 1,023. " 5s- ln the entiling year 110 payment appears to have been made under this head in either Department, but in the year ending 5th January 1806, the charges fo incurred amounted to , 1,783. In that year, we are informed, that it was in contempla- tion to feparate the Boards of Cuftoms and Excife, and to make the Duties, and the regulations for colle& ing them, permanent, and that the preparation of the Bills requifite for thefe purpoles occafioned a great part of this extraordinary expence. It is alfo ftated to have been then determined, that all Money and Regulation Bills, in confequence of lome inconvenience alledged to have arifen from the pradice of preparing them in England, fhould in future be prepared under the advice of the Law Officers in Ireland, in like manner as before the Union. It, however, any inconvenience was experienced, fome more oeconomical
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