§ MR. LAMBERT
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lientenant of Ireland if he can state the average annual value per acre of agricultural land in Ireland, the average amount of rate in the pound on such land, and what is the proportion of the proposed new grant of £730,000 that will be distributed to holdings of over £15 per year annual rental?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
According to the Census Return the total area of agricultural land in Ireland outside the towns is approximately 18,536,000 acres, and the rateable value of land, deducting the towns, is £8,932,000. On these figures the rateable valuation per acre works out to nine shillings and sixpence. The average rate in the pound is approximately three shillings and fivepence. I have no means of giving the information as regards the allocation of the agricultural grant to holdings rented at over £15 per year.