§ MR. O'MARA (Kilkenny, S.)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the average amount paid in Irish quit rents to the Commissioners of Woods and Forests during the last ten years; how these sums have been employed; and whether he can see his way to earmark these sums for Irish purposes.
§ MR. MCKENNA
The average annual amount of quit rents paid to the Commissioners of Woods and Forests during the ten years ended 31st March, 1905, is £35,516. The money has been merged in the general income of the Land Revenues of the Crown, the surplus proceeds of which have been paid into the Exchequer each year in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Lands Acts. I do not see my way to proposing any change in the existing practice.