§ MR. J. MACVEAGH
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state how many cottages have been elected within the area of the Hillsborough Rural council, County Down, under each of the Labourers Acts; how many applications have been made, how many claims have been sanctioned, and what steps the Local Government Board is taking to expedite matters.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) Eighteen cottages were provided in the Hillsborough rural district before the Act of 1906 came into operation. Since then the rural district council have promoted a scheme for fifty-nine cottages, which has been finally confirmed in respect of fifty-eight cottages. The Local Government Board now await the application of the council for the appointment of an arbitrator and for sanction to the loan required to carry out the scheme.