§ SIR T. ESMONDE
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he is yet in 1140 a position to give any information as to the intention of the Treasury with reference to the Resolution passed by the County Kerry Grand Jury concerning the Tralee and Dingle Railway?
§ SIR JOHN HIBBERT
The Grand Jury's Resolution asks for a free grant of £15,000, but my hon. Friend will remember that when the question of a loan for the improvement of the line was under discussion a year ago, the Treasury stated that such a question could not be entertained in the absence of new and satisfactory arrangements for the working of the line. These conditions not having yet been fulfilled by the Grand Jury, I fear that I am not in a position at present to consider the question of a loan. A free grant is open to far more serious difficulties, and I need not remind my hon. Friend that when the exceptional compassionate grant of £2,500 was made last year, it was made on the express condition that it represented the final concession of the Government.