§ MR. MURPHY (Dublin, St. Patrick's)
asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, Whether any expenses are now being incurred in relation to the abandoned Irish Drainage Bills; and, if so, out of what Vote are they being paid; whether there has been a very general condemnation by competent authorities of the proposed method of effecting the drainage of the Barrow; and, will the Government reconsider the whole question before proceeding further with these projects?
§ THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN) (Dublin University)
The Government having decided to re-introduce the Irish Drainage Bills next Session, expenses continue to be incurred in relation to them, which are being met partly out of the Vote for Public Works and Industries (Ireland) (Drainage Works and Surveys) and partly out of the Vote for Law Charges (England) (Parliamentary Agency). It 132 is not the fact that there has been a general condemnation by competent authorities of the proposed method of effecting the drainage of the Barrow. The Government do not see any ground to reconsider their decision to bring again before Parliament for its consideration the proposals already made by them in the matter.