§ Mr. GINNELL
asked where particulars can be seen of the issues and present state of all loans issued under the Land Im- 1133W provement Acts (10 Vic, c. 32, etc.) in Ireland from 1847 to 1887, inclusive; and, if not already available, whether a Return giving the information will be prepared?
§ Mr. DUKE
I would refer the hon. member to the Fifty-sixth Annual Report of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland (1887–88), page 6. There were 5,000 open Loan Accounts under the Land Improvement Act 10 Vict., c. 32, etc., on the 31st March, 1888. There are no published records in which the details asked for can be seen, and I think I should not be warranted in incurring the great expense of money and labour which would be involved in the proposed Return. Every one of the loans was the subject of public advertisement before it was made.