HC Deb 17 April 1888 vol 324 cc1483-4

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he will insert in the Local Government Bill provisions for giving to the District Councils power, by summary proceedings before Justices, to prevent encroachments on waste and common lands?

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

There is nothing in the Local Government Bill which will interfere with powers of the nature of those referred to being conferred hereafter upon District Councils; but, for the reasons which I have more than once mentioned in the House, the Government are unwilling to insert provisions in the Bill for an amendment of the law, however desirable the amendment may be, which are not essential for the purposes of the Bill.