§ MR. H. HOBHOUSE (Somerset, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if it is the intention of the Government that, after the passing of the Local Government Bill, Burial Boards in boroughs and urban districts shall continue to be appointed by the Parish Vestries; and whether any and what provision will be made in the case of Burial Boards whose districts include a rural as well as an urban area?
THE SECRETARY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Sir W. FOSTER, Derby, Ilkeston)
Burial Boards in boroughs and other urban districts are not necessarily appointed by the Parish Vestries. The Town Council or other Urban Authority may be constituted a Burial Board under 17 & 18 Vict., c. 87, s. 1, and 20 & 21 Vict., c. 81, s. 4. It is proposed, however, by Clause 48 of the Bill that when there is in an urban district or part of an urban district a Burial Board, the Urban Council may resolve that the powers of the Burial Board shall be transferred to them from & specified date. Upon that date the powers will be transferred accordingly and the Burial Board will cease to exist. The clause further provides that the Burial Acts shall not be adopted for any part of an urban district without the 1608 approval of the Urban Council. Provision is made for cases where the district of a Burial Board includes a rural as well as an urban area. See Sub-sections (2) and (4) of Clause 40.