HC Deb 04 April 1927 vol 204 cc1705-6
98. Mr. HAYES (for Mr. B. SMITH)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of contributions from this country to Northern Ireland in the financial year ending 31st March, 1927, and the amount allocated to various objects?


As the answer contains a number of figures, I propose, with the hon. Member's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer;

The entire cost of Northern Irish administration is paid by the taxpayers of Northern Ireland, and Northern Ireland pays an annual contribution to Imperial services. She receives under Statute certain payments, some of them temporary, in respect of initial costs of her new administration. These payments, in the year ended 31st March, 1927, were as follow:

Government of Ireland Act, 1920, s. 26.
Land purchase annuities 665,000
Government of Ireland Act, 1920, s. 34
Provision of buildings 132,800
Unemployment Insurance (Northern Ireland Agreement) Act, 1926.
Equalisation of the burden of unemployment insurance on each country 866,473
Total 1,664,273

The Northern Ireland Contribution to Imperial services expenditure for the year is provisionally fixed at £1,200,000.