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THE POWERS OF COUNTY COUNCILS- I The Houso of Commons on Friday went into I Committee of Supply. In the course of the dis- cussion on the vote of £ 132,732 to complete the num for the J?octi Goremment Board, Mr Lloyd George said he desired to once more raise t?e question of the delegation of some of the smaller powers of the Local Government Board to the county councils, and to ask the President whether he would not take some steps to put his powers in that direction, under the Act of 1887, into operation. City Councils, individually and through their association, had considered the matter very carefully, and the association had drafted a scheme which would be submitted to the Local Government Board. That Board had by a Departmental Committee considered how best they could deal with the arrears of work at the Department, arrears which were increasing in consequcneo of fresh legislation. He did not think a mere increase of the staff of the Depart- ment was a satisfactory method of dealing with the matter, and urged that the proper way was to delegate powers to the county councils. The County Councils Association suggested the dele- gation of one hundred different powers, such as deciding the name of a parish or district council, the alteration of boundaries of parishes, the al- teration of the dates of fairs, etc. The time had Arrived when this step should be taken, and he suggested that the President of the Local Govern- ment Board should appoint a committee of the House of Commons to develop some scheme. An- other suggestion he made was that as there was a difficulty in some parte of the, couixtrv with re- gard to the non-county boroughs, which were jealous of any supervision by the County Ooun- cils. An experiment might be made in Wales, where no such difficulty existed -as the County Councils and the non-county boroughs were per- fectly agreed. In Wales there wa3 a unanimity of feeling on this matter which wan very gratify- ing, and one of the leaders of the movement was the Lord-lieutenant of Carnarvonshire, who was a strong Unionist. He urged the Local Govern- ment Board, therefore, to begin the delegation by giving additional powers to tho Welsh County Councils. Mr Orilfith Boscawcn complained that in a great ma!ty cases boMds of guardians had not given sufficient facilities to (ITrIli of England clergymen to hold services in workhouses. He moved a reduction of £ 150. Mr Talbot also complained that in some work- houses members of the Church of England did not get their own religious administration. Mr H. Roberts supported the rieira of Mr Lloyd George. Mr T. W. Russell pointed out that a Select Committee and a Departmental Committee had oonsidered the question raised by Mr Lloyd George. and the result was the sam<\ Mr Ghrtplin explained that lie had endeavoured to get religious services conducted in workhouses without resorting to legal extremities. Mr Weir was speaking at twelve o'clock when proeress was reported. The report of supply was agreed to after some discussion.


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