§ Mr. WILLIAM ABRAHAM
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether representations have reached the Local Government Board from the Operative Society of Lath-makers, Dublin, to the effect that foreign prison-made laths are being used in the erection of labourers' cottages in Ireland; and whether any steps will be taken, by representations to the local councils or otherwise, to secure the use of Irish or British made laths in the construction of these cottages?
§ The ATTORNEY-GENERAL for IRELAND (Mr. Redmond Barry)
Representations to the effect stated in the question have been made to the Local Government Board. The materials to be used in constructing cottages are, subject to the Board's approval, in the discretion of local authorities, who are aware of the relative value of the materials in the market.