§ Mr. MAURICE HEALY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the Local Government Board for Ireland have refused to sanction the advance to the Cork Rural District Council of a sum of £3,000, being the balance of a loan of £41,700 necessary for the erection of 500W cottages under the Labourers Acts; whether the council require this sum to discharge liabilities which they have actually incurred in connection with the scheme of cottages in question, such liabilities being within the amount of the original estimate on which the Local Government Board sanctioned the scheme; whether sanction was given by the Local Government Board to similar applications by the district council on two previous occasions; whether the present refusal of the Local Government Board will involve the raising of the money by the district council in the open market, at considerably greater cost to the ratepayers; and if he will ascertain the grounds of the said decision of the Local Government Board and use his influence to have it reconsidered?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the question asked on this subject by the hon. Member for Mid-Cork on the 14th instant, to which I have nothing to add.