HC Deb 23 March 1888 vol 324 c190

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, When the Government intend to propose measures to give effect to the recommendation of the Royal Commission appointed by the present Government to consider the question of an extension of railways and of deep sea fishery harbours in Ireland?

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

The Commissioners themselves settled the order in which they should deal with the questions referred to them, and selected the drainage question as the one which was most urgent. Her Majesty's Government are pushing forward the steps necessary for giving effect to the drainage part of the Commissioners' Report; but they are not prepared to deal with the further questions of extension of railways and deep sea fishery harbours, both of which involve large financial arrangements, and both of which will require legislation, till they have had more time to consider the matter.


Do the Government intend to deal with the matter this Session?


I am not yet able to say; but I hope to be able to inform the hon. and gallant Gentleman after Easter.