Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Arrears of Land Annuities.

asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries if he will state (a) the total amount of arrears of land annuities, and (b) the number of annuitants in arrears in each county in An Saorstát.

The arrears of Land Purchase Annuities under all the Land Purchase Acts in respect of all gales to June, 1929, inclusive, amount to £311,000 approximately. The information asked for in the second paragraph of the question could not be obtained without the expenditure of a great deal of time and labour, and would delay considerably the normal work of the office.

I would like to ask the Parliamentary Secretary if it is not a fact that grants are stopped from the county councils, and that this information must be already available? The grants are stopped from the county councils, and is not the amount stopped in each county available?

What information is the Deputy referring to?

Information as to the number of annuitants in arrears in each county.

Is it not a fact that this information could be got from the county councils?

Could the Parliamentary Secretary say how it is that a certain amount of money is stopped from each county council?

That is not a matter for the Land Commission. I can only give the amount of arrears of Land Commission annuities.

The information must be available somewhere.