§ MR. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will take the necessary steps to enable the Kerry County Council to effect a saving by consolidating their outstanding loans, and cause the Local Government Board to sanction the proposed arrangement.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) It is open to a County Council, with the consent of the Local Government Board, to borrow money for consolidating the debts of the county. The Kerry County Council objects to the condition contained in Article 22 (4) of the Schedule to the Local Government (Application of Enactments) Order, 1898, requiring that all money reborrowed shall be repaid within the period fixed for the discharge of the original loan, and has asked the Board to seek powers to alter this provision. The Board has informed the Council that the period for the repayment of loans is fixed in each case on consideration of the probable duration and continuing utility of the works for which the loan is obtained.