§ MR. MACALEESE
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether, having regard to Sub-section 9 of Section 54 of the Local Government Act of 1898, the public health charge of 7½ d. in the £ in the city of Belfast is a rate for which immediate lessees are proportionately liable under any Act at present in force.
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL FOR IRELAND (MR. ATKINSON,) Londonderry, N.
The rate of 7½ d. in the £ referred to is not a public health charge within the meaning of Section 54, Subsection 9 and Section 57 of the Act of 1898, because Belfast is an urban sanitary district. It is the portion of the borough rate levied for defraying the expenses incurred under the Public Health Acts in Belfast in pursuance of Section 226 of the Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878, and the occupier has not by law any right of deduction in respect of the borough rate.