HC Deb 07 May 1883 vol 279 cc23-4

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Whether his attention has been directed to a letter from the Under Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant, dated 30th January 1883, to the Earl of Granard with reference to an application for a fresh loan towards the completion of Rossclare Pier and Harbour, county Wexford, in which His Excellency declines to recommend such application until the amount of traffic on the unfinished pier has been ascertained, or until collateral security for a further loan is offered; whether the Commissioners of the Harbour have not stated that the unfinished state of the Pier and Harbour exclude the possibility of increased traffic; and, whether he will recommend an inquiry into the truth or otherwise of the above statement?


I have seen the letter referred to, and also a subsequent Memorial from the Harbour Board to the effect stated in the second paragraph of the Question. This application, being for a loan under the Harbours and Passing Tolls Act, falls to be dealt with by the English Public Works Loans Board, who have inquired fully into the matter, and have declined to accede to the application for a fresh loan. I should hesitate before in any way interfering with their discretion; but I have satisfied myself that in this case they have arrived at a right conclusion.