In Committee on Finance. - Vote 57—Railways.

I move:—

Go ndeontar suim Bhreise ná raghaidh thar £42,000 chun íoctha an Mhuirir a thiocfaidh chun bheith iníoctha i rith na bliana dar críoch an 31adh lá de Mhárta, 1934, chun Iocaíocht fé Acht na mBóthar Iarainn, 1924, fénTramways and Public Companies (Ireland) Act, 1883, fé Acht Trambhealach Chorcaighe (Cúiteamh d'Fhostaithe), 1933, etc., agus chun crícheanna eile a bhaineann le hIompar in Eirinn.

That a Supplementary sum not exceeding £42,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending 31st March, 1934, for Payments under the Railways Act, 1924, the Tramways and Public Companies (Ireland) Act, 1883, the Cork Tramways (Employees' Compensation) Act, 1933, etc., and for other purposes connected with Irish Transport.

This sum is required to meet the bill in respect of compensation payments to ex-employees of the Cork Tramways Company under the Cork Tramways (Employees' Compensation) Act, 1933. The full amount expended by the Exchequer is repayable in equal moieties by the Cork Corporation and Electricity Supply Board.

I would be glad if the Minister would amplify his statement. The first Supplementary Estimate, according to the White Paper, is one for £4,500.

It has nothing to do with this at all. This estimate is for railways and includes a number of subheads. The original sum, for all purposes, was an Estimate for £35,000, which included a Supplementary Estimate for, I think, the Donegal railways. The amount now required is for compensation for the ex-employees of the Cork Tramways only. There was no previous vote for this.

We may take it, therefore, that this sum of £42,000 is earmarked for compensating the ex-employees of the Cork Tramways and nothing else?

Vote put and agreed to.