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Merthyr Corporation Finances.

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Merthyr Corporation Finances. HEAVY COSTS OF RECENT PROSECUTIONS. Coun. F. S. Simons presided at a meeting of the Finance Committee of the Merthyr Corpor ation on Tllesday.Th Borough Controller W. R. Harris) reported that the costs in crimm- al cases during the last, Assizes amounted to th". very heavy sum of £ 401 2s. lOd. The items in- eluded: Counsels' fees. E140 &0.. prosecuting solicitors' fees, JB125 12s. 6d. witnesses' fees, E126 18s. lOd. Costs allowed under the Poor Prisoners' Defence Act. by order of Mr. Justice Bray Solicitor's fees, £ 6 5s. 4d. counsel's fees. £3 5s. 6d. witnesses' fees, 12s. 8d. total, JB401 I 2s. lOd. Mr. Harris stated: "In view of the amount of fees paid to the prosecuting solici- tors, the Finance Committee may consider il advisable lo recommend that the question ct the appointment of a prosecuting solicitor be considered by the Corporation, or one of itr committees, with a. view to a considerable sav- ing in the cost under this head. In Swansea, the prosecuting solicitor is appointed at a salary of £ 100, the Corporation taking ail fees allow- ed. and such an appointment in Merthyr, hav- ing in mind the amount paid at oni Assizes, would certainly be to the advantage of the Cor- poration. In addition to the £ 401 2s. lOd. shown above, there was also paid to youi own police witnesses. J616 5s. 6d. for train fares and allowances, in accordance with the Watch Com- mittee's scale of allowances."—On the motion of Aid. J. liarpur, seconded by Coun. H; M. Lloyd, the matter was referred to the Watch Committee for their recommendation. It was reported that the Controller had re- t'P ceived from the Merthyr Distress Committee a cheque for £82, being the contribution from the Local Government Board in connection with work given to the unemployed on the Thomas- town Recreation Ground. During the quarter ended 31st March, the number of patients admitted to the Mardy Iso- lation Hospital was 189, and the total number of days In hospital for this number was 5.4C6. The nursing staff number ten, givinG- a, total number of 900 day-, en duty, and the domestic staff was nine, with a total number of 740 days on duty. The charges for maintenance of the Hospital during the quarter amounted to L571 Is. 2d. or a coot per head, including staff, of Is. 7 £ d. 2 The Accountant reported that the allowances foT vacancies and irrecoverables on the last rate were: On genera.] district rate, JS637 3s. 00-I and on water rentals JESS 19s. lAd. The summary of accounts showed a balance in the bank in favour of the Council of E19,855 14s. lOd Ip r?ply to Coun. H. M. Lloyd, it was stated that the thr-se shelters at the Thomastown Re- creation Ground will cost £ 93

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