§ MR. A. F. JEFFREYS
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether there is any necessity for a parish which has a Parish Council, to hold an annual assembly on or about the 25th day of March this year; whether, if the annual assembly were held, there would be any statutory business to transact; and, whether overseers and, if necessary, assistant overseers, are to be appointed at the meeting of the Parish Council on or about the 15th day of April next?
§ MR. SHAW LEFEVRE
The Local Government Act, 1894, requires that an annual assembly of the parish meeting shall be held in each year in every rural parish, on March 29, or within seven days before or after that day, although the parish may have a Parish Council. The Act does not prescribe the business to be transacted at the meeting; but it will be competent for the meeting to discuss parish affairs, and to pass resolutions thereon. Overseers and, where necessary, assistant overseers, should be appointed at the annual meeting of the Parish Council, to be held on April 15 next, or within 15 days afterwards.
§ MR. JEFFREYS
said, the right hon. Gentleman had not answered the second part of his Question, namely, whether there would be any statutory business to transact this year?