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ARREARS OF RENT IN IRELAND. j c A Parliamentary paper issue^on Monday gives th6 ( information on which the Government base their cal- culations as to the amount of arrears of rent in Ireland j that will have to be dealt with under the Arrears Bill. From the information culled from the Board of Inland Revenue, the constabulary, and the local Government Inspectors, Mr. Gladstone concludes that rents fall due, as an ordinary rule, in May and November, with a certain period of grace, varying according to the custom of the district, before they are collected." The liability of the State under the Bill extends therefore to rents which should have been collected up to May or June, 1881. The maximum liability which the State can incur is one year's rental of the holdings affected, or about £6,500,000. This would practically imply an arrear at the present time of three years, or nearly £ 20,000,000, viz., the rent falling due in 1881, which the tenant is to pay, and two years of antece- dent arrears, for the State is only to pay half of such antecedent arrears. It is needless to say that this is not the case. The maximum arrear of rent for 1880-1 which can be deduced from the Income Tax Return is about £2,800,000, and as rents were fairly paid up to 1878, it is reasonable to suppose that antecedent arrears are considerably less. The reports of the Local Government Inspectors point to an average arrear for the whole country, up to the present time, of considerable less than two years' rent, including the year which the tenant will have to pay, and if this be so, it supports the conclusion drawn from the Income-Tax Return. I Lastly, the Constabulary Returns show a large per- centage of estate on which there are no arrears, and a large percentage also on which the arrears do not ex- ceed two years. With this evidence before him, sup- ported as it is by the opinion of the Commissioner of Valuation, Mr. Gladstone considers himself justified in reckoning the moiety of arrears up to November, 1880, which will constitute the liability of the State, at about £2,000,000.

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