§ MR. CLANCY
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) whether the Local Government (Ireland) Bill makes no provision for the extension of the municipal franchise in Ireland in towns which possess town boards but which will not become urban districts; and (2) if so, whether it is the intention of the Government to make proposals in Committee on the Local Government Bill to prevent the anomaly 1221 of a restricted franchise prevailing in those towns while an extended suffrage will exist everywhere else?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
Under the Local Government Bill no alteration is proposed in the franchise or constitution of the towns which are not urban authorities, and which elect not to become urban district councils under Clause 26 of the Bill. Of course, such towns will form part of a rural district, and the rural district council will be the road and sanitary authority in them.