§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND
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 where no such hoard hitherto exists, that they may borrow money from the Treasury to deepen and widen rivers, piers and harbours, and tributaries, and thus reclaim whole tracts of country; the interest and principal of such loans to be charged on the lands according to ascertained advantage.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRE-LAND (Mr. WYNDHAM,) Dover
It does not appear that the Local Government Hoard would be justified in making an Order under Section 20 of the Act of 1898 transferring the business of a drainage board to a County Council, in the absence of an expression of willingness on the part, of the Council to undertake the duty. In the present instance no such intimation has been received by the board from the Clare County Council. The Section also requires that the consent of the drainage board or body affected by the transfer shall be obtained, and the Board is riot aware that any steps have been taken in this direction. There are three drainage districts in the county.