Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Land Commission Expenditure.

asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries if he will furnish a return giving separately, for each county in the Saorstát (1) the amount of money spent during the past seven years out of public funds by the Irish Land Commission in improvement of estates, and stating in each case the proportion given in free grants, and the propertion to be repaid by the tenants; (2) the amount received in respect of the letting of lands for grazing, meadowing, etc., and stating how much was spent in the same county; (3) the total amount given by way of free grant (if any), and the amount given by way of loan for stocking, etc., of divided lands, and the terms of such loans.

(1) A return is being prepared, and will be sent to the Deputy showing so much of the information he desires as is available from the accounts of the Land Commission; (2) it is not possible to separate the receipts in respect of grazing and meadowing on lands temporarily in the hands of the Land Commission from the general income shown in the rent and interest account. In any event, information as to income is not available by counties; (3) the total amount given by way of free grant by the Land Commission for stock, seeds, implements and manure during the seven years 1923-1930 was £2,435. Loans for stocking, etc., are not made by the Land Commission.