§ MR. W. H. SMITH
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, If he will state whether the instalments and interest due for advances under the Seeds Supply (Ireland) Act and the Relief of Distress (Ireland) Act have been paid; or, if any such sums remain unpaid, what the amount and proportion of the sums due may be?
§ LORD FREDERICK CAVENDISH
Sir, the first instalment due for advances under the Seeds Supply Act amounted to £138,300, payable last August. Of this, £114,400, or 83 per cent, has been paid, and sealed orders for the payment of the remainder have been issued by the Local Government (Ireland) Board. As the advances under the Relief of Distress Acts are not repayable until two years after they were made, the first payments on account of them are not due until the 5th of April next, and those are only for very small amounts.