§ Mr. PATRICK WHITE
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether, at a meeting held in Dublin after the Road Board came into existence, Sir G. Gibb announced that £170,000 would be Ireland's share for the first year; whether, having regard to the fact that the revenue of the Board has exceeded the amount anticipated, he will now state what Ireland's share per annum is at present, what was the actual amount paid to Irish authorities in each of the years since the Board was established, and what amount to Great Britain for a corresponding period; at what date was money available for distribution in the first instance; and whether he will give the dates and amounts first paid to Great Britain and Ireland, respectively?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The first payment in respect of income was paid to the credit of the Road Improvement Fund on the 5th November, 1910. The first Grant in Ireland was indicated on the 19th January, 1911; the first payment under it was requisitioned and made in August, 1911. The first substantial Grant in Great Britain was indicated in December, 1910; the first payment under it was requisitioned and made in May, 1911. No moneys were paid to Irish authorities in the financial year ending 31st March, 1911. In the 1387W year ending 31st March, 1912, £18,848 was paid, and in the year ending 31st March, 1913, £27,986. The corresponding figures for Great Britain were £8,420, £251,813, and £431,943.