§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Congested Districts Board will build a house for John Sullivan, Baslickane, Waterville, in accordance with the promise given by the inspector, as Sullivan did not possess the necessary means; for what reason did the inspector refuse building material and suggest the giving of a loan, when he knew Sullivan could not afford to build a house; what charge was placed on the other tenants for building grants of £700, in view of the fact that Sullivan was expected to pay £l a year for a loan of £30, or £l 7s. 6d. for a loan of £50; whether a permanent member of the Board will inspect the farm and house; and can he state what steps, if any, will be taken by the Board to meet Sullivan's claim, seeing that he has paid his annuity punctually?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
John Sullivan lived in a thatched cottage on the farm, and when provided with a holding preferred to continue to reside in the cottage to having a new house erected by the Congested Districts Board, and paying portion of the expenditure in the form of an annuity. As soon as he became a tenant purchaser of his holding he intimated to the Board's senior inspector that he proposed to erect a new house, and he was promised a loan to assist him to do so. Loans are granted to tenant purchasers, and may be made repayable in fifty years by an annuity of £2 17s., payable half-yearly. For a loan of £50 this would mean a payment of £l 8s. 6d. a year. The advances made to2944W the other tenants for new houses were added to the purchase price of their holdings, and are repayable by an annuity of £3 5s., payable by half-yearly instalments, and extending over about 68½ years. For a loan of £50 this would mean a payment of £l 12s. 6d. a year. It is not proposed that a permanent member of the Board should inspect the farm and the house. The Board are still willing to make a loan to Sullivan upon the necessary formalities being complied with.