§ Mr. CONDON
asked the Chief. Secretary if the sum of about £4,000 and interest which was to the credit of the county 1337W of Tipperary under the Irish Reproductive Loan Fund, and which, under the Purchase of Land (Ireland) Act, 1891, was placed at the disposal of the Congested Districts Board, but applicable only to the county of Tipperary, has been expended in whole or in part; how much of that sum and accumulate interest is now to the credit of that county; if this sum is now unexpended would the same be available for the improvement of the navigation of the River Suir from Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel, as recommended by the Royal Commission on Canals and Inland Waterways; and, if any legislation is necessary for that purpose, will the Government provide the same?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The capital of the Irish Reproductive Loan Fund, including the sum standing to the credit of county Tipperary under the Fund at the time of the passing of the Irish Land Purchase Act. 1891, which was by Section 35 (5) of that Act placed at the disposal of the Congested Districts Board has been spent by the Board, or has been appropriated in connection with the Board's operations in the counties to which the Fund was applicable. No portion of the sum is, therefore, now available for the purpose mentioned in the question.