§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Fermanagh, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that there are 36 preserves or several fisheries on the River Slaney between the town of Ennis-corthy and the source of the river in which the respective owners have neglected to pay to the Board of Conservators the amount laid down by Act of Parliament, namely, 10 per cent. on the Poor Law valuation of such fisheries; why has this money not been collected from the owners in the same way as the Licence Duty required by rod and net fishermen; and with whom does the fault lie that this rate has not been collected up to the present?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
The Inspectors of Irish Fisheries report that at the present time there are only two fisheries in the River Slaney valued under the Poor Law, and that on each of these Licence Duty covering the 10 per cent. rate fixed by Statute has been paid. The point as to whether any other fisheries in this river should be rated is under the consideration of the Valuation Department. The 10 per cent. rate is recoverable by Boards of Conservators in the same manner as Licence Duty.