§ Mr. T. M. HEALY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the share of the county and borough of Cork of the one and a half millions granted for sanatoria on a population basis is £13,182; whether only £9,000 is proposed to be allotted; how much of the £145,000 given to Ireland is the Women's Health Association getting for the erection of the sanitorium at Peamount, county Dublin; on what principle was this allocation made; and are counties like Cork, which can derive no benefit from Peamount, to be deprived of their due proportion of the sum provided by Parliament?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
If the whole £145,000 were distributed between counties and county boroughs in proportion to population, the share of Cork county and borough would be approximately £13,000. The share of the county and borough in the sum of £120,000 at present available for distribution on this basis is £10,750, and it is proposed to allot this amount immediately. A further sum will be allotted at a later date when the amounts to be charged against the shares of counties which have entered into contracts with the Women's National Health Association, instead of making provision for themselves, have been ascertained. By this means such part of the £25,000 originally allotted to the Women's National Health Association as is expended on behalf of particular counties will be recovered from the shares of these counties, calculated on the population basis, and 1433W will be available for distribution on the same basis as the £120,000 now being allotted, leaving only the remaining portion of the £25,000 (which will represent expenditure incurred in the interest of the country generally in respect of temporary provision for the counties which are contemplating building sanatoria for themselves and in respect of accommodation whether for adults or for children which will be available in the future for any county insurance committee which may apply for it), as a final charge against the £145,000 Grant as a whole.