HC Deb 04 August 1902 vol 112 c517

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he will issue a Local Government Board order to enable the Clare County Council to resolve themselves into a drainage board, that they may borrow money from the Treasury to deepen and widen rivers, piers and harbours, and tributaries, and thus reclaim tracts of country; the interest and principle of such loans being charged on the lands according to ascertained advantage.


Section 20 of the Local Government Act, 1898, authorises the transfer of the business of an existing drainage board to a County Council. On this point I would refer to my reply to the hon. Member's previous Question of the 7th July. † But there is no power to constitute the County Council a drainage board in respect to districts in which no drainage board already exists.