HC Deb 07 June 1880 vol 252 c1335

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in consideration of the scarcity in parts of Ireland, and to afford greater facilities for works of public utility in that country, he will take the necessary steps to enable the Irish Board of Works to give longer time for repayment of loans, and to more nearly assimilate its power to that of the Public Works Loan Commissioners?


Sir, I have been requested by the First Lord of the Treasury to answer this Question. I fear that if the powers of the Board of Works in Ireland were to be assimilated, as suggested by the hon. Member, to those of the Public Loan Commissioners, the object which he desires would not be attained. Under the existing Statutes advances are made in all cases upon as favourable terms in Ireland as in England, and the Board of Works (Ireland) have authority to make advances in Ireland for certain purposes for which no such authority is possessed by the Public Loan Commissioners as regards the remainder of the United Kingdom.