§ MR. JAMES STUART (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether notices connected with any Bill to acquire property for street improvements in London during the next Session of Parliament require to be given by November next; and whether, as the London County Council cannot give such notices, he will consider the propriety of bringing before the Metropolitan Board of Works the desirability of drawing up a scheme of street improvement for next year and giving the necessary notices, although its powers and duties for carrying it into effect will have expired, or whether he will consider some other arrangement whereby street improvements next year may be effected?
§ THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
In the case of a Bill to be promoted during the next Session of Parliament, conferring powers of compulsory purchase of property for street improvements in London, it is necessary that the notices should be given in November next. As regards any scheme of street improvement for which there is an urgent necessity, it does not at present appear to me that there would be anything to preclude the Metropolitan Board of Works from giving the necessary notices; although it would, of course, rest with the County Council of London, as the successors of the Metropolitan Board of Works, to determine whether they would proceed with any measure which the Metropolitan Board of Works might introduce.