§ MR. GINNELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland to state the gross amount of poor rates of which Irish landlords have been relieved under Section 52 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, year by year, since that Act came into operation; and if there is any monetary deduction, set-off, or other advantage derived by the tenants or by the public from or in consequence of that relief to the landlords, to state its amount, year by year, during the same time.
The Local Government Board are unable to afford the information asked for in the first part of the Question. In reply to the latter inquiry, I may refer the hon. Member to Section 48 of the Act quoted, which provides for the annual payment, in relief of rates on agricultural land, of a sum taken on the basis of a standard year, which has been certified to amount to £727,650.