HC Deb 13 March 1905 vol 142 cc1195-6

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, in connection with the residence attached to St. James' Mixed National School, Athboy, county Meath, no outlet was provided in the Board of Works' plans for surface water, although the residence is surrounded by high ground; that, as a consequence, the foundations sank immediately after the residence was built, and the house had to be rebuilt at the expense of the manager; and whether, seeing that the manager was refused any aid by the Commissioners, although he offered to bear a reasonable proportion of the cost, and that this site has been condemned by the medical officer of health as insanitary from want of drainage, he

1st October, 1903, to 31st December, 1903. 1st October, 1904, to 31st December, 1904.
Resignations of combatant officers 363 372
Number of combatant officers who joined 286 244
Total number of officers and men, all arms, returned as having "voluntarily quitted" 23,290 18,024
Total number of officers and men, joined, whether as recruits or with previous service in Army or Auxiliary Forces 12,775 10,173

will say what steps he means to take to have the site put into a sanitary condition.

(Answered by Mr. Atkinson.) This Question is based on a misapprehension of the functions and responsibilities of the Board of Works in respect to the erection of teachers' residences out of moneys advanced by the Board. In such cases typical plans are supplied by the Board to borrowers, but the special plans to meet individual cases are prepared, not by the Board, but by the architects employed by the borrower. The borrower also provides the site, selects the contractor, and arranges for the supervision of the work. The responsibility for efficient work in connection with the erection of the residences rests entirely with the borrower. The maximum loan allowable under the regulations has been granted in the present instance, and it is not practicable to give further aid towards these houses.