§ MR. CLANCY
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, in reference to the Local Government (Ireland) (No. 2) Bill, whether he will follow the precedent set in the case of the Local Government (Ireland) Bill, 1898, and lay upon the Table of the House a draft of the alteration of the Procedure of Councils Order which, in addition to those recommended by county councils, the Local Government Board for Ireland intend to make if they acquire the power.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
The answer to this question is in the negative. The Bill merely gives permissive powers, and the Local Government Board have no cut-and-dried scheme of alteration. I may say, however, that no alteration would be likely to be proposed without giving the county councils concerned an opportunity of considering and expressing their opinion upon it.