§ 12. Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it is proposed to take over the control of the Irish canals?
As at present advised the Board of Trade see no particular reason for taking the action suggested.
§ Sir J. LONSDALE
Is the hon. Gentleman, in view of the general expression of opinion from Ireland in favour of this proposal, in a position to promise that the Board of Trade will give this most important subject careful consideration?
I cannot exactly state the reason why, but I can assure the House that my right hon. Friend has a perfectly open mind upon the question.