Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rates and Land Annuities.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state in respect of each county the amount of irrecoverable rates written off in the financial year ended 31st March, 1936, and the gross total of such amount.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state the total amount withheld from each county council on the 1st April, 1936, in respect of deficiencies in the Land Purchase Fund and the Land Bond Fund, arising out of the arrears in land purchase annuities, and the gross total of the amount so withheld from county councils.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state the total amount of (1) the sums paid from the Local Taxation Account, and (2) other Exchequer payments to each county council during the year ended 31st March, 1936.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state in respect of each county the total amount included in the warrant for the year ending 31st March, 1937, in respect of Credit Notes (Agricultural Grant), and the total of such amounts included in the total warrant for the year.

I am answering Questions 6, 7, 8 and 9 together. In these cases the replies are in the form of tabular statements which will be circulated in the Official Report.

Following are the statements:—

Table showing the Amount of Irrecoverable Rates written off in each county in the year ending 31st March, 1936 and the total amount written off.

County Council

Amount of Irrecoverable Rates written off in 1935-36

£

Carlow

140

Cavan

314

Clare

3,410

Cork

11,458

Donegal

3,990

Dublin

5,965

Galway

3,332

Kerry

1,699

Kildare

853

Kilkenny

542

Laoighis

906

Leitrim

263

Limerick

2,512

Longford

826

Louth

531

Mayo

868

Meath

521

Monaghan

513

Offaly

1,360

Roscommon

996

Sligo

1,532

Tipperary, N.R.

612

Tipperary, S.R.

1,438

Waterford

916

Westmeath

Wexford

855

Wicklow

540

TOTAL

46,892

The following Table shows the total amount absorbed in the Guarantee Fund in respect of arrears of annuities at 31st January, 1936, in each County (including Urban Districts) subsequent to the period for which arrears of annuities were funded.

County

Amount withheld

£

s.

d.

Carlow

24,322

7

5

Cavan

12,336

7

2

Clare

32,072

7

9

Cork

195,058

16

1

Donegal

7,449

16

3

Dublin

31,418

0

8

Galway

30,157

12

8

Kerry

46,710

3

7

Kildare

68,141

15

11

Kilkenny

57,740

19

10

Laoighis

27,428

19

0

Leitrim

9,676

17

5

Limerick

73,467

14

6

Longford

17,205

10

3

Louth

10,692

11

1

Mayo

16,771

16

7

Meath

83,994

0

9

Monaghan

9,835

6

3

Offaly

30,762

16

0

Roscommon

38,063

4

0

Sligo

15,036

3

3

Tipperary, N.R.

46,171

19

4

Tipperary, S.R.

105,293

5

3

Waterford

48,632

5

1

Westmeath

72,329

12

8

Wexford

44,098

8

4

Wicklow

45,403

8

5

TOTAL

£1,200,272

5

6

Sums amounting to £550,000 were advanced by the Exchequer in respect of arrears of annuities that were funded under the Land Act, 1933, and the payment of this amount to local bodies off-set to a large extent the draws upon the Guarantee Fund at February, 1934, and February, 1935.

The following table shows in column 2 the amounts paid from the Local Taxation Account and in column 3 other Exchequer payments to county councils in the year ended 31st March, 1936. The figures given in column 3 are based on such official information as is available in the Department of Local Government and Public Health.

County Council

Paid from Local Taxation Account

Other Exchequer Payments

£

s.

d.

£

s.

d.

Carlow

29,687

17

4

300

0

0

Cavan

71,327

7

9

248

7

2

Clare

96,297

1

4

1,150

0

0

Cork

238,394

6

6

8,940

15

4

Donegal

90,448

18

3

2,000

0

0

Dublin

54,654

0

2

698

13

8

Galway

131,951

9

11

1,260

2

1

Kerry

93,468

2

11

500

0

0

Kildare

39,979

1

7

550

0

0

Kilkenny

78,968

3

4

450

0

0

Laoighis

53,512

5

8

375

0

0

Leitrim

41,173

1

10

401

5

0

Limerick

118,370

0

2

598

0

10

Longford

36,374

5

9

150

0

0

Louth

46,261

13

5

99

16

5

Mayo

109,268

18

3

650

0

0

Meath

76,392

17

3

616

5

2

Monaghan

52,883

9

11

107

10

0

Offaly

53,571

3

7

292

3

6

Roscommon

72,072

0

8

599

13

4

Sligo

57,794

9

11

750

0

0

Tipperary (N.R.)

58,712

7

11

524

10

5

Tipperary (S.R.)

70,700

17

4

500

0

0

Waterford

56,576

13

1

350

0

0

Westmeath

49,201

2

6

350

0

0

Wexford

88,295

11

2

200

0

0

Wicklow

37,094

19

2

450

0

0

TOTAL

2,003,432

6

8

23,112

2

11

Table showing for each county in which Credit Notes were issued the total amounts included in the Rate Collectors' Warrantt for the year ending 31st March, 1937, in respect of such Credit Notes and the total amount of such Credit Notes.

County

Amount of Credit Notes, included in Rate Collectors' Warrants 1936/'37.

£

Cork

24,183

Donegal

16,103

Kerry

16,771

Louth

6,396

Monaghan

14,352

Tipperary (S.R.)

12,743

TOTAL

90,548