§ MR. LEA (Londonderry, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, having regard to the difficulty of passing a larger measure through Parliament, the Government will introduce a Bill to allocate a portion of the £20,000 he proposed to spend upon the Bann Drainage, in order to relieve flooding, and discontinue a navigation little used, which imposes a tax of £1,200 a-year on the ratepayers?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
In answer to my hon. Friend, I have to say that the legislation he proposes would probably not be easier to pass through the House than that for which it is a substitute. I propose, however, to re-introduce the Bann Drainage Bill next year, in the hope that it may pass without serious opposition.