§ MR. BOLAND (Kerry, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the terms of the resolution passed by the Cahirciveen Rural District Council on the 11th ultimo. to the effect that it is advisable that rural district councils should have equal powers with urban councils to regulate the holding of fairs and markets; and whether he proposes to give effect to this resolution.
§ MR. BIRRELL
My attention has been called to the resolution referred to. Under Section 1 of the Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1896, a rural district council can be invested by the Local Government Board with the powers of an urban authority for any of the purposes of the Public Health Acts. Under those Acts urban authorities have certain powers with regard to markets, and the Board are prepared to consider an application from the rural district council to be invested with such powers.