§ MR. TULLY () Leitrim, S.
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Local Government Board have failed to prescribe in tile new rate receipt books and demand notes any special column showing the ordinary sanitary expenses for the half of which the landlord is liable: and, if not. whether he can state if steps will be taken to remedy this omission.
§ MR. ATKINSON (for Mr. G. W. BALFOUR)
Special columns are provided in the prescribed form of demand note for showing the amount assessed in respect of every separate public health, charge. The county councils and their officers are responsible if there has been in any instance an omission to properly fill up these forms. The Local Government Board have held that the expression "Public Health Charge" in Section 54 818 (9) of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, only embraces separate or excluded charges. "Ordinary," that is to say, general public health expenditure was taken into account in fixing the standard poor rate, which tenants under existing tenancies can deduct, and the tenants do not appear to be entitled to make any additional deduction on account, thereof from the rents paid by them.