§ MR. SALT (Stafford)
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, in order to facilitate the passing of the Bill relating to Local Administration, he will, in addition to a Boundaries Commission, provide for inquiry by Royal Commission, or otherwise, concerning the indebtedness of Local Authorities, and also into the method of estimates, collection, and publication of accounts relating to local expenditure in all its branches?
§ THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
Information as to the indebtedness of the Local Authorities will be found in the Local Taxation Returns. The questions as to the arrangements for the estimates for and the collection of rates will necessarily be considered in connection with the Local Government Bill; but it does not appear to me that it will be requisite to provide for inquiry by a Royal Commission, or otherwise, as to these matters.