HC Deb 24 March 1925 vol 182 cc240-1

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of money given as loans, grants-in-aid, or in any other fashion to the Government of Northern Ireland since its inception, and the purposes for which such moneys were granted; and the amount of money received from the Government of Northern Ireland during the same period?


As the answer is long and contains many figures, I propose, with the hon. Member's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The following amounts have been given as grants in-aid, for the purposes specified:
1922–23. £ £
Special Constabulary 2,690,000
Unemployment Relief 56,665
Malicious Injuries 750,000
Special initial expenses 438,326
1923–24. 3,934,991
Special Constabulary 1,352,534
Unemployment Relief 243,335
Malicious Injuries 1,250,000
Additional provision of buildings under the First Report of the Northern Ireland Special Arbitration Committee (Cmd. 2072 of 1924) 400,000
1924–25. 3,245,869
Special Constabulary 1,250,000
Total Grants-in-Aid £8,430,860

The following amounts have been received by the Government of Northern Ireland under the gift of existing land purchase annuities contained in Section 26 of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920:

1921–22 250,950
1922–23 642,170
1923–24 654,012
1924–25 (estimate) 661,061
Total land purchase annuities £2,208,193

The expenditure incurred in the provision of buildings, including their sites, and their equipment for the accommodation of the Parliament and public Departments of Northern Ireland under Section 34 (1) of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, and of the Northern Ireland Supreme Court under Section 24 (1) (b) of that Act, has been to date approximately £411,388.

The total of the foregoing amounts is:

Grants-in-aid 8,430,860
Land purchase annuities 2,208,193
Statutory provision of buildings 411,388
Total £11,050,441

No loans of money have been made to the Government of Northern Ireland; but under the powers of the Government of Northern Ireland (Loan Guarantee) Act, 1922 (which authorised His Majesty's Government to guarantee the principal and interest of loans to be raised by Northern Ireland up to a total of £3,500,000), loans amounting to £2,112,500 have been guaranteed.

The following amounts have been received by way of the contribution of Northern Ireland towards Imperial liabilities and expenditure (including debt and war pensions) in respect of the undermentioned years:

1921–22 2,820,820
1922–23 6,685,645
1923–24 (provisional) 4,500,000
1924–25 (provisional) 3,000,000