§ MR. MAURICE HEALY
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether the Treasury have taken legal advice as to the requirement of the Irish Local Government Board that local authorities in Ireland, who have acquired land under Section 57, Sub-section 1, of The Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, specifically for the purposes of Part III. of that Act, should obtain the consent of the Treasury under Section 57, Sub-section 3, and Section 98, Subsection 12, to the appropriation of the site for the purpose for which it has been acquired; and, whether the Treasury consider that such consent is necessary?
§ MR. HANBURY
The Treasury have not thought it necessary to take legal advice as to the action of the Irish Local Government Board. So long as the law remains unaltered, it is at least open to question whether Treasury consent ought not to be obtained for the appropriation of any land, howsoever acquired, under the Act referred to. The Treasury have, therefore, suggested to local authorities that to obtain such consent is practically the safer course.