HC Deb 19 June 1891 vol 354 cc983-4

Considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clause 4.

(11.56.) MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)

This clause is badly drawn. If the hon. Member for South Antrim will read the first three or four lines he will see that the object is that the Board of Conservators shall have power at their own expense to do certain things. The clause is not clear whether they are to be at the expense of doing the work or of making the order for it to be done. I would suggest the insertion of the words "may order to be placed" after the word "terms."

Amendment proposed: After "terms" insert "may order to be placed."

Question, "That these words be there added," put, and agreed to.

Consequential Amendment made.


At the end of the clause there is an important omission. It provides that this Act shall not be taken as authorising any grating to be placed there which may be an obstruction in the channel of navigation. But who is to decide what is an obstruction?

MR. MACARTNEY (Antrim, S.)

I am seeking to assimilate the law in Ireland to that of England, and this clause, whatever its defects, is taken word for word from the English Act.

MR. KELLY (Camberwell, N.)

I move now to report Progress. This Bill will affect largely the salmon fisheries in the river Bann.




I suppose it will affect those who have leasehold rights in the river Bann.




At any rate those having rights in rivers in the North of Ireland will be seriously affected, and as they are not represented——

DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid.)

We are all agreed.


I think it is impossible to proceed with this Bill at this hour of the night, as there are people interested.

It being Midnight, the Chairman left the Chair to make his Report to the House.

Committee report Progress; to sit again upon Monday next.

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