§ *MR. HUGH LAW
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, if he is willing to introduce into the Land Bill provisions for the protection of ancient monuments of historical interest not already vested in any public authority.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
I would refer the hon. Member to the 19th Section of the Local Government Act of 1898, which, amongst other things, enables the County Council in addition to the Board of Works, at the request of the owner, to become guardians of ancient monuments and to prosecute those who injure them. I think it would be a thousand pities to hand them over to small occupiers, and I shall introduce words to safeguard these monuments in the national interest.