§ Sir M. DOCKRELL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that, although Dublin has a very fine water supply, it is impossible, in most of its thoroughfares, to obtain a drink of water without resort to the hospitality of either a shop or a private dwelling; and will he, in any town-planning schemes for Ireland, make it mandatory that each local authority shall provide and maintain for public use a sufficient supply of drinking water to meet the convenience and needs of the district which it controls?1694W
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
There are a number of fountains and pillars in various parts of the city of Dublin. No doubt, the general opinion prevails that there is a shortage of them. The matter does not come within the scope of town-planning, nor does the initiative rest with the Local Government Board, and it would be rather difficult to define precisely what was a "sufficient supply" or to make it mandatory upon the corporation to provide them.