§ MR. FIELD
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will state the names of the public accounts in Ireland 741 to which a partial local audit is given in Ireland each year by the Exchequer and Audit Department, the number of officials employed on each account in this local test, and the number of weeks in each year during which each of these officials is so employed.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I am informed that the following accounts are subject to a partial local audit in Ireland each year:—Army, Irish Command; Public Works (including Local Loans); Ordnance Survey; Board of Trade; Department of Agriculture; Chief Secretary for Ireland; County Court Officers; Irish Land Commission; Irish Church Temporalities; Congested Districts Board; Reformatory and Industrial Schools; Public Education; Post Office. The time occupied by the examination varies considerably in each case, and the Comptroller and Auditor General is not prepared to furnish details. In the aggregate twenty officers are occupied on the work in Ireland for seven weeks, which represents the services of three officers throughout the year. In addition a partial audit is given at longer intervals to the following accounts:—Navy. Haulbowline Dockyard. Army. Store Accounts. Prisons. Dundrum Asylum. Customs. Inland Revenue. Telegraphs.