§ MR. KILBRIDE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the public statement recently made by the parish priest of Sneem, County Kerry, that the agricultural rates (county cess and poor's rate) in that district are almost ten shillings in the pound valuation; and, whether, in view of this fact, the Government will reconsider the question of affording relief to the occupiers of land in Ireland on similar terms to those given last Session to the English occupier under the Agricultural Rating Act?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I am informed that the county cess and poor rate combined in this district amounted last year to nine shillings in the pound on the valuation. I have already stated that it is not the intention of the Government to introduce an Agricultural Land Rating Act for Ireland.