§ MR. R. T. REID (Dumfries, &c.)
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether a burgh, situated as Maxwelltown is, with a separate Local Authority to administer the Public Health Acts, can be legally assessed for the salaries of the County Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector, for which they are receiving no benefit, inasmuch as the burgh is already assessed by the Burgh Local Authority for the salaries of the Burgh Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector?
§ MR. J. P. B. ROBERTSON
The salaries of these county officers are paid out of the general purposes rate, and burghs such as Maxwelltown contribute their proportion towards the payment of these salaries. It is no doubt the case that such burghs are also assessed under the Public Health Act for the salaries of their own Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector, but, in this respect, they do not differ from the Rural Sanitary Districts. The new Medical Officer is appointed to take a general supervision of the sanitary condition of the whole county, including both urban and rural districts.