MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will arrange that in the Local Government (Ireland) Bill all boroughs and county councils shall have the power to adopt the Public Libraries Act?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. ATKINSON,) Londonderry, N.
In the absence of my right honourable Friend the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland I will answer the Questions addressed to him to-day. The Public Libraries Act may, under the existing law, be adopted in any municipal borough or urban district, the rate therefor not to exceed 1d. in the £ The question of its application to rural districts can be raised during the discussion on the Report stage of the Bill. I am not, without having an opportunity of conferring with my right honourable Friend the Chief Secretary, in a position to give any pledge on this subject.