Go ndeontar suim ná ragaidh thar £110,385 chun slánuithe na suime is gá chun íoctha an Mhuirir a thiocfidh chun bheith iníoctha i rith na bliana dar críoch an 31adh lá de Mhárta, 1926, chun Costaisí fén Representation of the People Act, 1918, fén Acht Timpeal Toghachán, 1923, agus fé Acht na gCoistí Dháréag (Leasú), 1924.
That a sum not exceeding £17,000 be granted to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1926, for Expenses under the Representation of the People Act, 1918, the Electoral Act, 1923, and the Juries (Amendment) Act, 1924.
Sub-head (a) shows an increase of £4,990. This includes provision, not only for recoupment in connection with the preparation of the third register which will come into force this year, but also for outstanding claims in connection with the preparation of the first and second registers. These amounted, in the case of the first register, to £7,760, and in the case of the second register to £13,600. The recoupment for which the State is liable approximates to £19,000 a year. Some of the county councils are slow in sending in their claims. It is estimated that the provision of £14,740, remaining after the other deductions, will be ample to meet all claims that are likely to come in in the present financial year in respect of the third register, even if these claims are sent in more promptly than was the case in previous years. The claims are not paid until the county councils have paid the Stationery Office their share of the cost of printing the register of electors. The expenses, of which the State defrays part, are: (a) expenses of secretaries or clerks of county councils or in the past, district councils; (b) expenses of rate collectors; (c) printing expenses; (d) other expenses. The State pays various proportions of these expenses.
Deputies will understand now that the electoral list and the register of jurors is one publication. Of the expenses of secretaries of county councils in connection with the compilation of the register, it is estimated that the work involved concerns jury and franchise matters about equally. The State pays no part of the jury expenses. Consequently, its contribution of half the franchise expenses amounts to one quarter of the whole of the expenses under that head—that is the expenses of clerks or secretaries of county councils. In the case of the expenses of rate collectors, it is estimated that the trouble with the jurors work is about half of the trouble involved in connection with the franchise work, and the State contribution is one-half of the franchise element of two-thirds, or one-third of the whole. The State pays one-third of the expenses of the rate collectors. As regards the printing, it is estimated that the jury column in the register is equal to one-seventh of the cost of the whole, and this is a local charge. The remaining six-sevenths of the printing cost of the register is franchise work, and one-half of this is borne by the State and the other half by the local authority. The other expenses, which include extra clerical assistance and the like, are divided equally.
Coming to sub-head (b): This shows a decrease of £9,000. The item under this sub-head will disappear after this year. There are still some sums due in respect of registers prepared under the Representation of the People Act, 1918, before the passing of the Electoral Act, and provision is made for the payment of such claims as are yet to be presented.