CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - PUBLIC RECORDS AND STATE PAPERS.

asked the Minister for Justice whether the Indexes and Catalogues referred to in the Fifty-third Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records and Keeper of State Papers in Ireland, dated 30th August, 1921, are still available, or whether they were destroyed in the fire and explosion at the Four Courts; (2) whether a list has been prepared of the records, indexes and books of reference that have been saved, either wholly or in part, after the destruction of the Record Building at the Four Courts; (3) whether such a list will be printed and published as an appendix to the next or some early Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Records; and (4) whether the Annual Reports will, as heretofore, be published in continuation of the Fifty-third (the last issued) Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Records.

The Calendars of the Justiciary Rolls, the Catalogue of the Accounts of the Pipe Roll, and portion of the Calendar of the Exchequer Memorandum Roll have been salved. The Grant Book of Tuam Diocese, with index, has not, however, been salved. Lists of the records, indexes and books of reference which have been salved have been prepared and instalments of these will be published in the 54th and 55th Reports of the Deputy Keeper of Records. The 54th Report is at present in the hands of the printers, and will contain in an appendix the Catalogue of the Accounts of the Pipe Roll. The 55th Report covering the years 1922 and 1923 will be published in due course, and will contain a further instalment of the list of the Records which have been salved. The 56th Report will deal with the work of the Record Office during the three years 1924, 1925, and 1926, and it is proposed that for subsequent years the report of the Deputy Keeper of Records will be published annually as heretofore.