HC Deb 12 April 1888 vol 324 c1041
MR. ANDERSON (Elgin and Nairn)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether the Government will consent to insert in the Local Government Bill power to County Councils or other Authorities to provide proper harbour accommodation for fishermen, and to charge the cost thereof on the district benefited by the expenditure?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

Whether or not it may be desirable that County Councils, when constituted, should have vested in them powers of providing harbour accommodation for fishermen, I cannot assent to the insertion in the Local Government Bill of provisions on this subject. I cannot propose that the Bill should be burdened with alterations of the general law which are not in any way essential to the constitution of the County Authority.