HC Deb 31 March 1896 vol 39 c514
MR. J. CALDWELL (Lanark, Mid)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that the District Committee of the Middle Ward of Lanarkshire, in matters falling under Section 42 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1894 relating to the protection of public rights of way, insist upon parish councils or parish electors supplying the District Committee with full precognitions as a preliminary instead of themselves making the investigation, and for the expense of which precognitions by parish councils or parish electors there is no provision made out of local rates, and whether he or the Secretary for Scotland will take steps for the due carrying out by the District Committee of the duty imposed upon them by said section without imposing restrictions on requisionists not required by statute?

*THE LORD ADVOCATE (Sir CHARLES PEARSON,) Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities

The Local Government Board have advised parish councils that, while it must always be their interest to furnish a District Committee with all the information they can in support of their representation, there is no obligation upon them to do so. If in any such case the District Committee place undue impediments in the way of those making the representation, the matter can be laid before the County Council.