HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 c2269W
Sir W. Davison

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total sum which has been provided by the British taxpayer for land purchase and the assistance of agriculture in Ireland, and the annual interest thereon still payable; and what capital sum has been provided during the same period for the assistance of agriculture in Great Britain and the annual interest payable thereon?

Sir J. Simon

As my hon. Friend will be aware, assistance for the purposes referred to has been provided over a very considerable period of time, and I think that he will agree that the research which would be necessary to provide him with an answer to his question would not adequately repay the time and money spent on it.