HC Deb 17 February 1902 vol 103 c194
MR. MACARTNEY (Antrim, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that the Local Government Board in February, 1900, expressed an opinion that steps should be taken by the Rural District Council of Dungannon to provide the district of Castlecaulfield with a supply of wholesome water; whether a complaint has been made under section 15 of The Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1896; and whether any steps have been taken in the matter.


The facts are as stated. The delay has been caused by the consideration of the question of area of charge. The Rural District Council desire a small local area, whereas the Local Government Board would not be prepared to depart from the principle of rural or dispensary district rating underlying the Order of l5th May, 1899, the population of Castlecaulfield being only 170. The general question of areas of charge for minor sanitary expenses is at present under consideration.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the question will be definitely settled?


I am doing my best to settle that, but there are great differences of opinion to be dealt with.

MR. J. P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)

Are we to expect any definite reply this year?


I am prepared to make a proposal which I think should commend itself to hon Gentlemen opposite.