§ Dr. TANNER
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland how many labourers' cottages with allotments have been provided under the Labourers' (Ireland) Acts in the counties of Tyrone and Antrim?
§ MR. JACKSON
No labourers' cottages have been provided or authorised in County Tyrone. In County Antrim twenty-six have been authorised, of which twelve were built at the date of the latest Return—31st March last.
§ MR. TUITE (Westmeath, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland can he state the grounds on which the Irish Board of Works have refused to grant the Mullingar Town Commissioners a further loan for the erection of artizans dwellings, although Section 99 of "The Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890," empowers the Commissioners, although they are not an Urban Sanitary Authority, to borrow the necessary funds for the erection of artizans dwellings; and whether as the Labouring Classes and Lodging Houses Acts have been already adopted by the Commissioners and that those Acts have been repealed by the Housing of the Working Classes Act, they can proceed under Section 102, Part VII. of the latter Act to complete their scheme for the erection of those dwellings?
SIR JOHN GORST
(who replied): The Board of Public Works refused to make the loan, because they are advised that the lending power given them by the Public Health (Ireland) Act is 214 limited to lending to Sanitary Authorities. It is open to the Town Commissioners to apply to be constituted an Urban Sanitary Authority under Section 7 of "The Public Health Act,"
§ MR. TUITE
If the Commissioners are prevented from proceeding under the powers of the old Act, the Artizans Dwellings Act, are they not entitled to complete their scheme under "The Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890?"
SIR JOHN GORST
I understand that the legal advice given to the Irish Board of Works is different, and that they cannot.