§ SIR JOSEPH BAILEY
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, in view of the responsibilities imposed upon local authorities by "The Public Health Act, 1872," and the local knowledge which would be acquired in their execution, the Government can arrange for the superintendence by the Royal Engineers of the drainage and waterworks required by that Act?
§ MR. STANSFELD,
in reply, said, the Local Government Board had no such powers of superintendence, and if they had, without the assent of the local authorities he should not think it advisable to exercise them. The Local Government Board rendered certain assistance in carrying them out; but it would be very undesirable that they should become responsible for the execution of these works.