§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
asked the President of the Local Government Board, with reference to the District Auditors Bill, Whether he can state, for the information of the House, what local authorities in the Metropolis are intended to be included in the provisions of the Bill?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH
Sir, the District Auditors Bill does not affect any local authorities, whose accounts are not now required by law to be audited by an auditor of the Local Government Board. It makes no alteration whatever in the existing law in this respect, and in the Metropolis the accounts of the Vestries and District Boards will continue to be audited, as before, under the provisions of the Metropolis Management Act. The only authorities in the Metropolis whose accounts are audited under the provisions of the Bill are the several Boards of Guardians, the managers of the school and asylum districts, the London School Board, and the exceptional case of the Woolwich Local Board, which was constituted under the Public Health Act, 1848, and has consequently been always under the audit of the Poor Law auditor.