Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Local Authority Rates.

26.

asked the Minister for Local Government if for the transitional financial period, 1974 there will be a 50 per cent reduction in the rate in the pound levied by each local authority for subsiding local authority housing.

27.

asked the Minister for Local Government if it is intended that 50 per cent of the rate in the £ levied for health services in each local authority area for 1974 will be met from State funds.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 27 together.

In the transitional financial "year" 1974, there will be a reduction of 62½ per cent on the rate in the £ levied in the year 1972-73 in each local authority area for health and local authority housing provided for letting. The full cost of this reduction will be met from State funds.