§ MR. H. HOBHOUSE (Somerset, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, if a parish which is transferred from one union to another by the Order of a joint committee, under Section 36 (ii.) of the Local Government Act, 1894, can rightly claim to be repaid by the Guardians any portion of the cost of building and furnishing the union workhouse to which such parish originally contributed; and, if so, whether the length of time during which the parish has enjoyed the use of the workhouse ought to be taken into account in fixing the proportion of the cost to be repaid?
§ MR. CHAPLIN
I am advised that an Order made under Section 36 (11) of the Local Government Act, 1894, is to be deemed to be an Order made under Section 57 of the Local Government Act, 1888, and that Section 62 of the latter 444 Act therefore applies. The rights of a parish in respect of the interest in workhouse property would appear to be a matter as to which there may be an adjustment by agreement, or failing that, by arbitration under the last named section. The Local Government Board are not prepared to suggest any general rule as to the basis on which an adjustment should be made in such cases, circumstances in each case must be considered.