REPORTS AND MINISTERIAL MOTIONS. - APPOINTMENT OF ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL.

The MINISTER FOR FINANCE moved:
"That an Accountant-General be appointed in the Ministry of Finance to have charge of all accounts. This position to be filled by a fully qualified Auditor and Accountant."
He stated that the Department of Defence would in the nature of things be free from an examination of its accounts by this officer.
This officer would co-ordinate the system of accounting in the various Departments. He would see that accounts were paid regularly and be in a position to report at the end of each month the actual amount spent by each Department. The salary proposed for the post was £500, but the Minister would ask to be empowered to increase it to £600. This appointment would not affect the ordinary Auditors of the Department. It was an internal appointment.
JOSEPH MACDONAGH (Tipperary North) seconded the motion, which was put and carried.