§ MR. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland will he explain why in the case of the Roscommon County Council only half the amounts payable in respect of probate duties on behalf of the different poor law unions in Roscommon, and half the amounts payable in respect of medical and educational expenditure and sanitary salaries, have been lodged to the credit of the council, and whether it is intended to lodge the remaining half with the county treasurer before 31st March next, so that allowance may be made for these sums in the rate to be struck for the half-year from last September to next March.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
There has been some delay in the distribution of the probate duty grant owing to new rules having to be made by the Privy Council, dealing with this matter. It is hoped, however, that two instalments will be distributed before the 31st of March next. The recoupments in respect of medical and educational expenditure incurred in unions, and of sanitary salaries paid in rural districts during the half-year ended the 30th September last, will be made before the 31st of March.