§ MR. J. DEVLIN (Belfast, W.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the Report submitted to the Tramways and Electricity Committee of the Belfast Corporation on the 22nd instant, by Mr. C. E. Dyer, City Accountant; whether the report stated that in the half-yearly statement submitted in October last the outstanding unpaid bills were taken at £13,556, whereas they proved afterwards to have been £16,544, or a difference of £2,988, and that the item of power was also undercharged; and whether, in view of the dissatisfaction which exists in Belfast with the management and finance of the tramway system, he will take care that the Local Government Board is made fully aware of all the facts relating to the tramway accounts.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Local Government Board have not received a copy of the Report referred to, but they will call the attention of their auditor to the facts alleged in the Question.