MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Banbridge medical officer of health several times reported to the Banbridge Urban Council that 421 houses in the Western Ward and 134 houses in the Eastern Ward in Banbridge are without back doors, ash pits, water closets, or any sanitary accommodation; and will he state what action the Local Government Board has taken to compel the Banbridge Urban Council to carry out the provisions of the Public Health Act.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The medical officer of health has reported that a large number of houses in the district are without back doors, and that some of these houses require to be dealt with in a radical manner. The Local Government Board has no power to intervene in the matter unless complaint of default is made under Section 15 of the Public Health Act, 1896.