§ MR. O'DOHERTY (Donegal, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will grant the Return with reference to the honourable the Irish Society on the Notice Paper of this day.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The preparation of the suggested Return would entail an expenditure of time and labour which would not be commensurate with results, and I regret I am unable, therefore, to agree to it.
The Return referred to is as follows: Irish Society of London.—Return of the* Of this sum £287 14s. 8d. has been repaid (Concessions Commission).† The items are: Civil Administration Transvaal Deficit, £1,500,000 (1); South African Constabulary Maintenance and Equipment, £2,600,000; Railways—(a) Estimated excess of cost of working and maintenance over receipts. £1,000,000 (4); (b) Rolling Stock. £1,000,000 (2); Relief and resettlement, £500,000 (3); £3,000,000 repaid out of Transvaal Guaranteed Loan, viz., (1), (2), (3); £1,000,000, viz. (4), was paid over to the War Office as the railways were under military management.‡ The items are:—(a) Free grants to burghers under terms of surrender, £3,000,000; (b) Grants to other persons in respect to war losses, £2,000,000; (c) Loans to supplement grants under (a) and (b), £3,000,000; £8,000,000, viz. (c) has been repaid out of the Transvaal Guaranteed Loan.1160 Receipts and Expenditure of the honourable the Irish Society of London for the years ending February, 1882, down to February, 1904, both inclusive (in continuation of Parliamentary Paper, No. 144, of Session 1878).