§ Mr. PATRICK MEEHAN
asked the Chief Secretary whether he has received a copy of a resolution adopted by the Mountmellick (Queen's County) rural district council protesting against the action of the Local Government Board in issuing a revised scale which increases the legal charges in connection with The Labourers Act, 1906; whether the new scale increases the fees which solicitors voluntarily accepted; and whether he will have the Local Government Board scale withdrawn and leave to the local authorities the power of making whatever arrangements they deem best in the interests of the public?
§ Mr. CHERRY
I would refer the hon. Member to the reply to a question on the same subject asked by the hon. Member for the Ossory Division on the 26th instant. I may add that Rule 53 of the new Order expressly provides that a district council may, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board, arrange with a solicitor for the performance of all legal work in connection with an improvement scheme for a bulk sum, or for a fixed fee per cottage provided, or per plot acquired.