HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 cc227-8W
Mr. Bing

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amounts of the appropriations-in-aid paid by the Imperial Exchequer to the Government of Northern Ireland in respect of the administrative costs of reserved agency services and in respect of Imperial agency services carried out by Northern Ireland Government Departments under the authority of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, Section 63, and Defence Regulations respectively, in respect of each of the financial years during the period 1st April, 1939, to 31st March, 1950, indicating in each case the nature of the agency services and whether amounts equivalent to these appropriations-in-aid in each respect have been deducted from Northern Ireland's share of reserved taxation for the period 1st April, 1939, to 31st March, 1950.

Mr. Jay

I am sending my hon. and learned Friend a copy of the Finance Accounts of Northern Ireland, Appendix I of which gives for the years from 1922 to 1950 a summary of details relating to the surplus or deficiency of revenue compared with expenditure, the Imperial contribution, direct payments by the United Kingdom to the Northern Ireland Exchequer (including the residuary share of reserved taxes) and the position in relation to public debt. I regret that the particular information which he requires cannot be obtained without excessive expenditure of time and labour.