Ceistenna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Payments of Land Annuities.

asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries if, with reference to a statement reported as made by him in the daily Press of 11th December, 1933 to the effect that up to a then recent date 104,000 payments of land annuities had been made as against 82,000 in 1931, 80,000 in 1930, and 84,000 in 1929, he will state the value of the 104,000 payments referred to, and if he will give respectively for the other years mentioned the value of the several payments referred to.

In the period from the 1st November, 1933, to 6th December, 1933, 104,000 tenant purchasers paid the instalment of revised annuity due on the 1st November, 1933. The payments amounted to £134,000.

The relative figures for 1929, 1930, and 1931 are as follows:—

No. of Payments.

Amount.

1929

84,000

£397,000

1930

80,000

£361,000

1931

82,000

£358,000

Would the Parliamentary Secretary mind calling the Minister's attention to the fact that when next he proceeds to give statistics he should give values and not payments. The 104,000 payments which were so boasted over brought in only £184,000, and the 82,000 payments, which were so bemoaned, brought in £358,000.

Does the Deputy forget the reduction?