Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Licence Duties Collected in Dublin.

asked the Minister for Finance if he is in a position to make any estimate as to what percentage of the total yield from licence duties for the years 1925/26, 1926/27 and 1927/28, respectively, was collected from the City and County Borough of Dublin and the Dublin Police District, respectively, and further, if he can give similar figures for the percentage of the total yield from the Beer and Spirit Duties in the same districts for the same years.

The revenue accounts are not furnished in such a way as to give the information required. The particulars could only be obtained by the compilation of special returns, which would involve the expenditure of a considerable amount of time, and the consequent expense would not be justifiable.

I am rather at a disadvantage in asking a supplementary question, because the Minister for Finance is not here. Whatever might be said of the reasonableness of the answer to the first question about the cost of supplying the information, that reason certainly does not apply in the case of the second question. The Minister knows perfectly well that as regards the total yield from licence duties and the total yield from beer and spirits in the City and County Borough of Dublin, there is no difficulty about getting that information.