asked the President of the Local Government Board how many rural authorities have applied in the last 12 months for powers to make by-laws to prevent cruelty in slaughter-houses, and how many of those applications have been acceded to; and whether the Board favours the application for and use of such powers?
§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Burns)
I find that in the last twelve months the powers referred to have been conferred by the Board upon five rural district councils. No separate record is kept of applications for these particular powers, but I may say that they are freely given to rural authorities who apply for them.
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many local authorities have by-laws under the powers conferred on them?