HC Deb 30 August 1880 vol 256 c643

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If he is prepared to grant loans to all harbour boards situated in scheduled districts in Ireland at 4 per cent, and on the same terms as he has granted loans to the harbour authorities at Galway and elsewhere?


With respect to the hon. Member's Question, I have to state that the loans for Galway and Sligo Harbours referred to in it were loans made on exceptional terms, on account of their being partly in the nature of relief work, provided for giving employment to the poor in the distressed districts. The conditions under which those loans were made could not apply in other districts; and I cannot hold out any hope of loans for the purposes named on exceptional terms. Any application for loans for such a purpose will be considered on its merits.