§ MR. P. MCGILLIGAN (Fermanagh, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the resolution of the Fermanagh Grand Jury with regard to the report of the county 1044 surveyor as to the dislocation of the county business that will be created by the recent decision of the Court of Appeal affecting payments for road maintenance contractors; and, whether the Government will consider the advisability of bringing in or give facilities for the passing of a short non-contentious Bill, providing that where neither the grand juries nor the road contractors dissent the present road maintenance contracts, instead of running from assize to assize, shall run from 1st May or 1st November, so that contractors who had a half-year's work done in November shall be paid at the following Spring Assizes, and contractors who had half a year's work done in May shall be paid at the ensuing Summer Assizes?
MR. J. MORLEY
The hon. Member does not appear to be aware that a Bill dealing with this subject has already passed through this House. I am advised that this Bill, if it becomes law, will obviate the inconvenience mentioned.