HC Deb 05 April 1887 vol 313 cc503-4
MR. MARJORIBANKS (Berwickshire)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, In what manner it is intended to give increased facilities to localities to offer their local rates, by way of collateral security, to the Public Works Loan Commissioners for loans to carry out harbour works; and, whether the Government will consent to give effect to the recommendation of the Harbour Accommodation Committee, that a small Commission of Experts should be appointed to complete their labours?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

, in reply, said, that legislation would be necessary in order to enable localities interested in harbour works to offer their local rates by way of collateral security to the Public Works Loan Commissioners. It was hoped that these legislative facilities would be provided by a clause in the Public Works Loan Bill. The Government were unable to assent to the appointment of a small Commission of experts, as proposed by the Harbour Accommodation Committee. He begged to refer the right hon. Member to answers given to similar Questions on the 30th of March and 23rd of July, 1885.