§ MR. MICHAEL AUSTIN (Limerick, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, will he explain how it is that Mr. Daniel M'Coy, of Cooltoman, Shanagolden, County Limerick, who applied to the Board of Works last November for a loan for drainage, has been delayed since, answering one set of questions after another; whether his last replies were satisfactory; and, if not, in what particular; and why, if they were satisfactory, no reply was given to his application?
§ THK SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir JOHN HIBBERT,) Oldham
I find on investigation that the delay has been caused by the applicant's dilatoriness in answering the necessary inquiries. The Board of Works are now awaiting the Local Inspector's Report on the case. The number of such cases in his hands at this time of year is very large, and some days may pass before it is sent in; but there will be no undue delay on the Board's part in dealing with.
In answer to a further question asked by Mr. MICHAEL AUSTIN,
§ SIR JOHN HIBBERT
said, that he hoped a definite reply would be given in the course of a few days.