§ 68. Mr. FLAVIN
asked the Secretary to the Treasury the amount deducted from the Kerry County Council for insufficiency of income under Section 58 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, for each year 1903 to 1915, inclusive; also the amount deducted out of grants to the Kerry County Council under the Land Purchase Acts for defaulting annuitants; also the amount refunded for each year 1903 to 1915, inclusive; and whether he can 2152 state if the whole of the moneys deducted by the Treasury are a permanent loss to the ratepayers of Kerry?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I have been asked by my hon. Friend to answer this question. The deductions referred to in the first part of the question began in 1911 and are as follows: In 1911 £674, in 1912 £363, in 1913 £391, in 1914 £430, and in 1915 £420. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the questions of the hon. Member for West Kerry on the 28th July last and 10th instant. The amounts deducted for insufficiency of income under Section 58 of the Local Government Act are a permanent loss to the ratepayers, but as regards deductions in respect of arrears of land purchase annuities, in the majority of cases these arrears are subsequently repaid by the tenant purchasers and in such cases the county concerned is refunded the amounts repaid.