I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he could explain why the arbitrator has not visited Newcastle West to value the lands under the Labourers (Ireland) Acts, a scheme of cottages having been sanctioned by the Local Government Board inspector many months back.
§ MR. ATKINSON (for Mr. G. W. BALFOUR)
The provisional order confirming the scheme became absolute only on the 3rd ultimo. The maps and schedules for arbitration purposes were not lodged by the district council until the 19th ultimo, and after these had been examined the Local Government Board appointed an arbitrator on the 6th inst. The requisite statutory advertisements must be published by the district council before the arbitrator can hold his inquiry or value the lands.