HC Deb 10 July 1905 vol 149 c63
MR. MARSHALL HALL (Lancashire, Southport)

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury if he will consider the advisability of instituting an inquiry, by Committee or otherwise, into the expenditure and financial position of the municipal corporations in this country, with a view to obtain a Report thereon.

(Answered by MR. A. J. Balfour.) The subject of local expenditure and local indebtedness is undoubtedly one of the utmost importance, but I doubt whether any such inquiry as my hon. and learned friend has in mind could at the present moment be started with advantage.