HC Deb 06 March 1896 vol 38 cc358-9
MR. A. F. JEFFREYS (Hants,) Basingstoke

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) if he could state to the House how much money has been granted to Ireland by Parliament under the various Land Acts and Public Works Loans Acts during the last 16 years; and (2) also, how much additional money has been granted to Ireland by Parliament during that period for the purpose of railways, and on what terms?


If the hon. Member will put this Question into the form of a Return, showing whether he intends to include loans as well as grants, I will consider whether and how the information he requires can be afforded. As regards the last paragraph of his Question, Parliament has sanctioned during the period named a permanent annuity for railway extension in Ireland amounting in the whole to £65,000, the capitalised value of which, at 3 per cent., is £2,166,666. The whole of this annuity, or the capitalised value of it, has been earmarked to railway extension. In addition to this sum a special grant of £2,500 was made in 1894–5 to the Tralee and Dingle Railway Company.