§ MAJOR JAMESON
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the amount of duties collected from licensed traders in Ireland will be handed over to the local authorities of the different districts in which such duties are collected; if so, will he state the purposes to which such moneys will be applied by the local authorities?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
At the request of my right honourable Friend the Secretary to the Treasury I will answer this Question. The manner of the application of the proceeds of the duties collected in Ireland by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue on the Local Taxation Licences specified in the third schedule to the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, will be found in section 58 of the Act. Under subsection (1) of that section the equivalent of these duties will be annually paid out of the Consolidated Fund to the Local Taxation (Ireland) Account, and under sub-section (2) will be applied to certain local services specified in that subsection. The amount of payments made to the local authorities does not depend on the amount of the duties collected in their respective districts.