asked the Secretary to the Local Government Board, Whether he is in a position to state what progress has been made by the different registering authorities under the Canal Boats Act of 1877 in registering canal boats; whether any Return has been called for as to the number of boats registered under the Act; and, if so, whether he has any objection to lay it upon the Table of the House; and, if not, whether he will direct such a Return to be called for?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH,
in reply, said, that a Question had been addressed to him in the early part of the Session as to the progress made in registering canal boats. He called for information, which had been supplied. It had been laid on the Table, and its substance would be in the hands of Members in a few days. He might state, however, that out of 99 districts registration had been effected in two-thirds. The number of boats registered was 5,000, with accommodation for 22,000 persons.