§ Mr. GINNELL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he will furnish a statement showing the allocation among the rural district councils of Ireland of the money provided by section 18 (1) of The Labourers (Ireland) Act, 1906; and if he will say whether any portion of that money can be made available for reducing the rents on labourers' cottages?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I would refer the hon. Member to pages 307 to 311 of the Appendix to the Annual Report of the Local Government Board for Ireland for the year 1907–8, which has been presented to Parliament. The figures given there will be practically unaltered as regards the current year. It is expressly laid down by the section mentioned in the question that the money is to be applied towards the repayment of any loans outstanding in respect460W of cottages provided before 1st November, 1906.