§ MR. DELANY (Queen's County, Ossory)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, since it appears that out of a sum of £1,237 odd paid from the Endowment Fund since April 1st, 1900, to officers serving in the Irish Agricultural Department, £1,067 approximately was paid to Protestants and about £170 to Catholics, he can explain the excess in payments to officials of the former as compared with those of the latter religious denomination.
§ MR. WALTER LONG
The hon. Member has been repeatedly informed that the question of religion is not taken into account in decisions relating to the appointment and remuneration of the Department's officers.