§ MR. KNOX (Cavan, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether his attention has been called to a resolution passed by a body entitled the "Belturbet Railway Tax Committee," and supported by the Grand Jury of the County Cavan, calling upon the Government to relieve the severe pressure upon the cess payers on account of the Cavan, 1484 Leitrim, and Roscommon Light Railway by a further Treasury guarantee of three per cent, instead of two per cent., combined with a reduction of the interest guaranteed from five per cent, to three per cent.; whether he is aware that a strike against the extra cess has been contemplated in the district; whether he is aware that in parts of Leitrim the extra county cess on account of this railway amounts to 1s. 10d. in the £1; and whether, considering the burden on the people, Her Majesty's Government will propose any measure to meet the difficulty, or will consent to the appointment of a Select Committee, consisting of the Members from the district and the Member for North Armagh, with power to draw up a scheme, to be embodied in a Bill, dealing with the question?
§ *MR. JACKSON
I have not seen the resolution referred to, nor have I heard that a strike against extra cess is contemplated in the district. The burden is one which was voluntarily assumed by the district four or five years ago, with the object of obtaining railway communication.