§ MR. FLAVIN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received copy of a Resolution from the Guardians of the Listowel Union, unanimously passed at their meeting on the 28th January, 1898, in which they ask, on account of the failure of the crops and the great poverty among the small holders of land, the Government to contribute half the cost of the imported new seed supplied to the Union; and whether, owing to the ratepayers not receiving the benefits of the Agricultural Rating Act (England), their request will be acceded to?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
A copy of the Resolution has been received. The application which it contains cannot be complied with.