§ MR. KNOX
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can explain for what reason the Board of Works in Ireland insisted that the extensions of the Donegal Railway authorisad by Parliament in 1896 should be constructed as a separate undertaking; whether there is any precedent for such a requirement by the Board of Works, and under what Act the Board obtained power to so require; and whether there is any precedent for extensions in two directions, divided by thirty-two miles of the existing line, being constructed and worked as a single separate undertaking.
§ MR. HANBURY
The Donegal Company of themselves by their Bill provided that the extensions referred to should be a separate undertaking in the recital of the original Bill the words used are:—it is expedient that the Company should he authorised to raise additional capital for the purposes of this Act, and should be authorised to construct the said railways as a separate undertaking with separate capital.I do not know whether there is any exact precedent covering extensions in two directions. Extensions in one direction can be easily found; for instance, the City of Dublin Junction Railway is a separate undertaking from the Dublin Wicklow and Wexford Railway.