HC Deb 21 February 1899 vol 67 cc41-2
MR. DONAL SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)

On behalf of the honourable Member for Cork, I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he will explain why it is that in the annual report of the progress of the ordnance survey, in the sections dealing with England and Scotland, dates are in each case given showing respectively when the 25-inch, 6-inch, and 1-inch map was first published, and at what date the revised edition was published, no such information is given in the caso of Ireland; and whether he will have laid upon the Table of the House a memorandum supplying this omission, so that the relative progress of the survey in the three countries can be ascertained?


The course which the survey has taken in Ireland is quite different from that in the case of England and Scotland, and it is to this fact that the difference to which the honourable Member refers is to be attributed. I may state, however, that, by 1846, the whole of Ireland had been surveyed and published on the 6-inch scale. The revision of these maps was commenced in 1853, and was continued until about 10 years ago, when re-survey on the 25-inch scale was commenced. The 6-inch maps are now prepared by reduction from those on the larger scale. The 1-inch map of Ireland was commenced in 1862. Its revision is now in progress, and it will be completed in about three years. I think that what I have said will supply the information which the honourable Member desires.