HC Deb 24 May 1880 vol 252 cc319-20

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to increase the grant made annually in aid of Fishery Piers in Ireland, and which is now fixed at £5,000?


Sir, it is proposed, in accordance with what I am informed was the intention of the late Board of Treasury, to present a Supplementary Estimate in aid of fishery piers in Ireland. The annual grant for this purpose has for many years been fixed at a sum not exceeding £5,000. It is, however, proposed to anticipate the grants of future years in order to aid in the relief of distress in the scheduled districts, and in order to take advantage of the assistance so liberally offered by the Canadian Relief Fund Committee and other bodies. Provisions will be introduced into a measure which will be brought in on an early day by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary of the Lord Lieutenant to enable the works to be taken in hand with the least possible delay. The hon. Member will understand that in consequence of the proposed additional grant this year it is not the intention of the Government to propose any new grant for some years.