HC Deb 05 December 1906 vol 166 cc931-2

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in view of the impending distress in the Clifden union owing to the failure in the potato crop, he will take steps to have the pier constructed in Clifden Harbour, promised under the Marine Works Act.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) As regards the partial failure of the potato crop, I beg to refer to the very full statement which I made in the House to-day in reply to the hon. Member for East Mayo.† As regards the proposed works at Clifden pier, on 31st October, the Government informed the County Council of Galway that they would endoavour to find the sum of £3,000, and to secure Treasury approval for its issue as a free grant for works at Clifden pier provided that the county council should guarantee that the balance, including the sum of £2,000 for an approach road, would be locally made up. It is understood that the county council are in communication with the Congested Districts Board as to plans and estimates, but they have not yet given any definite reply to the proposal of the Government.