§ Order for Committee read.
§ House in Committee.
§ Clause 14 (Regulations as to Drainage Boards).
said, the Bill had been introduced after much consideration, each of its clauses having been fully inquired into by a Select Committee. The great object of the measure was to enable 1297 Irish proprietors to drain their estates at their own expense, and without that amount of control imposed on them by former Bills.
§ MR. SCULLY
said, he should oppose the Bill. It was a compulsory measure, which would enable commissioners of drainage to take the lands of a proprietor, and run drains through it, against his will and at his expense.
§ COLONEL FRENCH
denied that the Bill was compulsory. On the contrary, it was permissive. Nothing could be done under it in any district until a large majority of the proprietors had called on the Board of Works to form a drainage district.
§ Clause agreed to.
§ Clause 15 agreed to.
§ House resumed.
§ Committee report Progress; to sit again To-morrow.
§ The House re-assembled at Six o'clock.
§ Notice taken, that 40 Members were not present: House counted; and 40 Members not being present,
§ House adjourned at a quarter after Six o'clock.