§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the President of the Local Government Board if he would state for what purpose the appeal made to the Local Government Board by certain members of the Poplar Board of Guardians against a surcharge made by the district auditor has been sent by the Local Government Board to the Borough of Poplar Municipal Alliance; and whether the Municipal Alliance, being a local partisan body, has any locus standi in the question of an appeal of the guardians to the Local Government Board against the auditor's decision?
§ Mr. BURNS
The solicitor to the Poplar Municipal Alliance, which is, I understand, an association of ratepayers in the borough, attended at the audit of the accounts of the guardians and objected to certain items, which were disallowed by the auditor. It is the invariable practice of the Local Government Board, when dealing with appeals against disallowances, to communicate with any parties who have objected to the expenditure at the audit, and this course was adopted in the present case. The Alliance appears to be interested in the guardians' expenditure and were, I think, properly heard in the matter now in question.