§ MR. LONSDALE
On behalf of the right hon. and gallant Member for North Armagh, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can give any information with regard to the Bann drainage.
The Irish Government have thought it desirable to obtain the views upon Sir Alexander Binnie's scheme of a number of authorities and persons locally interested. Replies have been received from the majority of these, and are now under consideration. A valuation of the lands which would be beneficially affected by a drainage scheme has also been ordered. A number of details require consideration before action can be taken. The matter will continue to engage the close attention of 1352 the Government, who are fully sensible of its importance.