HC Deb 18 October 1912 vol 42 cc1600-1W

asked why the Local Government Board have not yet held the necessary inquiry under the Labourers Acts with reference to a scheme formulated by the Glenties Rural District Council in December, 1911, and forwarded to the Board on 4th May, 1912; and when it is proposed to hold such inquiry?


asked what is the procedure usually followed by the Local Government Board in respect of the holding of local inquiries under the Labourers Acts; whether schemes are dealt with in the order in which they are received; and whether the scheme of the Glenties Rural District Council, formulated in December, 1911, has been so treated?


I will answer these two questions together. In view of the limited fund provided for the erection of labourers' cottages by the Act of 1911, the order in which inquiries are held is not being regulated by the date of the receipt of the schemes by the Local Government Board, but by the needs of the different districts for additional house accommodation, having regard to the number of labourers' cottages already provided in each district and the number of agricultural labourers in the district. The Board hope to be able to appoint an inspector, to hold an inquiry into the scheme for Glenties Rural District at an early date.

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