HC Deb 25 March 1913 vol 50 cc1461-2

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether the Local Government Board, in making an Order under Section 64 (3) of the National Insurance Act, 1911, for the provision of a sanatorium for a combination of counties, including the burghs therein having a population of less than 20,000, have power to provide for these burghs being represented on the joint board by a representative or representatives appointed by the town councils of these burghs out of their own number?

The SECRETARY for SCOTLAND (Mr. McKinnon Wood)

The question is engaging the attention of the Local Government Board for Scotland in their consideration of a Draft Order at present before them. They are of opinion that they have no power to provide in their Order for direct representation on the joint committee constituted by the Order of burghs under 20,000 in the manner indicated in the question, seeing that these are for the purposes of the Act included in the county and have representation on the county council. It would, however, in the opinion of the Board be competent to provide in the Order that the county council in appointing their representatives on the joint committee should appoint as the representative of each such burgh the member, or one of the members, who represent the burgh on the county council.