§ MR. CHARLES CRAIG (Antrim, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland on what grounds the application of James Lecock, of Tannaghmore West, near Randalstown, county Antrim, for a labourers cottage was passed over by the Ballymena Rural District Council in November, 1903; what is the cause of delay in proceeding with the new application of Lecock, lodged in September, 1905; and whether Lecock's cottage was condemned by the local sanitary authority as in sanitary and dangerous more than three years ago.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The rural district council included James Laycock's application for a cottage in an improvement scheme which was inquired into by an inspector of the Local Government Board on 25th July, 1905. The inspector, however, was unable to recommend the acquisition of the site proposed by the council, as four cottages had already been erected, or were in course of erection, on the holding of eighteen acres on which it had been selected. It is the case that Laycock's house was condemned by the medical officer of health as being insanitary on 12th August, 1001. Laycock has since lodged a further representation with the council, who have decided to propose a cottage for him in their next scheme, which the Local Government Board understand will be made shortly after 1st February next, the date by which representations under the new Act are to be lodged for the consideration of the council.