§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury what is the cause of the delay on the part of the Irish Board of Works in appointing an arbitrator in reference to the Tipperary Labourers' Scheme, the loan for which was sanctioned by the Local Government Board on 14th October last, and the local inquiry took place on 3rd May 1894?
§ MR. HANBURY
I understand that there was no delay on the part of the Board of Works in appointing the arbitrator. He was appointed on the 22nd of November last, the day following the necessary deposit by the Guardians of the expenses of the arbitration. At the meeting for the preparation of the draft award, the solicitor for the Guardians questioned the accuracy of the information as to names and tenures of the claimants on the schedules deposited by the Guardians. This led to some delay, but on the 24th June the arbitrator made and deposited his draft award for the first section of the scheme, and a day has been fixed for hearing objections thereto. The solicitor for the Guardians has required time to make further inquiries as to the property dealt with 1441 under the remaining section, and as soon as those inquiries are completed, the section will be proceeded with immediately.