§ Mr. LYNCH
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman can state the cause of the delay in reference to the building of cottages sanctioned by the urban council of Kilrush, West Clare, in accordance with the Housing of the Working Classes Act; and what is the condition of affairs in reference to the sworn inquiry concerning this matter?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
There has been no delay in this case on the part of the Local Government Board. Difficulties arose with respect to the acquisition of a site, and it was subsequently found necessary to return the plans for amendment. The urban district council made formal application for a loan on the 17th April last, and when they have duly amended the plans and re-submitted them the Board will be in a position to make arrangements for holding a sworn inquiry.