§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare, E.)
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.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
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.