§ MR. BERNARD MOLLOY (King's Co., Birr)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if his attention has been drawn to the present position of the derelict railway from Birr to Portumna, and the position of the Public Works Loan Commissioners in relation thereto, and the impossibility of recovering any portion of the advance; and whether the Treasury will now consider the advisability of taking some steps to enable the property to be utilised?
§ MR. HANBURY
I am aware of the present position of the railway mentioned. The only step which the Public Works Loan Commissioners could take is to put it up for sale, and I am not sure that anything would be gained by so doing, but if the hon. Member has any definite suggestion to make, it will nodoubt be carefully considered. The question of reconstructing the line is one for the Irish Government, not for the Commissioners, and I understand that my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary explained the views of his Department on that point on the 29th March last.