§ SIR WALTER NUGENT (Westmeath, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, with reference to the correspondence between the Westmeath County Council and the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, if he will state how the sum of £170 a year applied for in respect of the cost of the annual revision of the valuation for the County Westmeath was arrived at; and if he will furnish the Westmeath County Council with any other information they may require in order to ascertain if the charge is, or is not, excessive for the work required to be done.
§ MR. RUNCIMAN
The annual sum payable by the various counties of Ireland in respect of annual revision is fixed by the Valuation (Ireland) Act Amendment Act, 1874, subject to necessary adjustment under the Local Government (Adaptation of Irish Enactments) Order in Council, 1899. The Commissioner of Valuation informs me that he has no information as to how the amount was determined. As regards the last part of the hon. Baronet's Question, the county council have been 696 on several occasions officially informed that it is not possible to obtain the information they require.