HC Deb 04 May 1888 vol 325 cc1366-7
MR. RANKIN (Herefordshire, Leominster)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether it is the intention of the Government that Sub-Section (f.), Clause 66, of the Local Government Bill, should merely afford extended facilities for carrying on emigration in the same way as is now done by Boards of Guardians, or whether it is intended that it should give power to County Councils to borrow money for the purpose of colonization or the settlement of emigrants upon the land; and, whether the Government intend that, if such powers are given to County Councils, they shall be regarded as a substitute for any further action on the part of the Central Government?

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

We hope that the sub-section of the Local Government Bill referring to emigration will have a more extended operation than the powers now possessed by Boards of Guardians; but my hon. Friend will see that it is not possible, within the limits of an answer to a Question, to deal with such important points as he raises. This can only be adequately done when the measure comes on for discussion in Committee.