§ 18. Mr. P. WHITE
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the present position of the Boyne Canal; if it is derelict, whether the liquidator of the company that worked it has still any control over it; and whether, if the Meath County Council decide to take it over, he is prepared or will take steps to be in a position to hand it to that body free of any liabilities whatsoever?
I am advised that the canal is technically derelict, but the proprietors can only be released from their obligations by an order of the Board of Trade following on the grant of a warrant for the abandonment of the canal. An application for the issue of such a warrant and the transfer of the canal to the county council would be carefully considered, but I cannot say what the liabilities of the council would be until a definite scheme has been submitted and full inquiry made.