Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fourth National Loan.

asked the Minister for Finance if he will state with regard to the Fourth National Loan (a) how much of the £6,000,000 offered was taken up by public subscription; (b) how much had been covered by underwriting arrangement prior to public issue being announced; (c) how much of the £6,000,000 not applied for by the public was in fact taken by virtue of any such underwriting arrangement; (d) what was the total amount applied for by individual investors and by business firms (excluding Banking, Finance and Insurance Companies); and (e) the average allotment.

The information asked for by the Deputy is as follows:—

(a) £2,912,060

(b) £6,000,000.

(c) £3,087,940.

(e) £851.

As regards (d), I am not aware of any precedent for affording information of this kind and I do not think it desirable to create one now.