§ MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state the total amount of money received from Crown and quit rents in Ireland; whether he is aware that the Council of Agriculture on last Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the sum now funded in the Bank of Ireland should be allocated to provide the nucleus of a grant to establish a Forestry Department in Ireland; and whether he will favourably consider this suggestion.
§ MR. VICTOR CAVENDISH
I am not yet in a position to give the figures to 31st March, 1904. The figures to 31st March, 1903, were given to the hon. Member on the 10th ultimo † The application of the money referred to is regulated by Statute, and there is no power to apply it as suggested in the Question.
§ MR. KILBRIDE (Kildare, S.)
Is not the tithe rent charge the property of the Irish people and is it true that it is redeemed at sixteen or seventeen years purchase?
§ [No answer was returned.]