§ Mr. GINNELL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland the amount of money received by each district council in Ireland at land purchase rate of interest for the purposes of the Labourers (Ireland) Acts, 201W and the names of any councils which have received none at that rate?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The hon. Member will find in the annual report of the Local Government Board for the year ended the 31st March, 1914 (Appendix E. IV. No. 4, Table C, column 7) a statement of the amount of loans sanctioned to that date on land purchase terms for the purposes of the Labourers Acts in each rural district in Ireland. Of the total amount there shown to have been sanctioned, namely, £4,807,248, the amount actually issued to that date was £4,114,198. Corresponding tables, bringing the figures down to the 31st March last, will be included in the annual reports of the Irish Land Commission and the Local Government Board for 1914–15, which will be presented to Parliament in due course. All the rural district councils in Ireland have obtained loans, but the preparation of a statement of the amounts issued, as distinct from sanctioned, to each of them would involve an expenditure of time and labour hardly commensurate with the value of the information.