§ MR. LUNDON (Limerick, E.)
On behalf of the hon. Member for North Kerry, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the cost of the coach service between Listowel and Tarbert is between £700 and £800 per year, and that a satisfactory service can be arranged locally for £300 per annum; and, if so, whether he will reconsider the question of continuing the present service under new arrangements, thereby saving a considerable sum of money each year, as well as giving facilities to the local people to attend the markets.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM,) Dover
The expenditure on this service has averaged £724 a year; the receipts have averaged£151. The nett loss in working the service to the end of 1903 has amounted to £4,022. It has not been used to any considerable extent by the people of the locality, notwithstanding the special inducements held out by the offer of cheap tickets during the winter months on market and fair days. The Government cannot reconsider the decision already arrived at.