§ MR. L. P. HAYDEN
On behalf of the hon. Member for Dublin Co. N. (Mr. J. J. CLANCY), I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland—(1) whether it is a fact that it is more than two years since the usual initial steps were taken to have a number of labourers' cottages built in the Kells Union, and more than a year since the usual Local Government Board Inquiry was held into the scheme as formulated by the Board of Guardians; and (2) whether any of the cottages referred to have yet been built; and, if not, could he explain what is the cause of the delay?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. GERALD BALFOUR,) Leeds, Central
The facts are as stated in the first paragraph. The Guardians are not yet in a position to proceed with the erection of the cottages, as in some eight cases petitions have been lodged against the Local Government Board's Provisional Order of October last, and these objections must be adjudicated on by the Privy Council before the Order can be acted upon. The scheme is a large one, proposing the erection of 81 cottages at an estimated cost of a good many thousand pounds.