§ MR. MURPHY
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether representations have been made by the Kerry County Council and other similar bodies as to the rates of interest charged by the Board of Works on asylum loans in Ireland; and whether he can take any steps to have these rates reasonably reduced.
§ MR. VICTOR CAVENDISH
In the last months of 1903 four resolutions on the subject referred to by the hon. Member were received by the Board of Works. Loans for lunatic asylums are advanced out of the Local Loans Fund, 950 and are, therefore, subject to the conditions as regards the rates of interest which I have just described to the hon. Member.