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Appendix. addition to the fee allowed him as presiding officer, be entitled to be paid, as remuneration for his services as deputy returning officer, onethird of the amount allowed to the returning officer in respect of that district, to be paid by such returning officer out of his fee.

UNCONTESTED ELECTIONS.

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URBAN DISTRICT COUNCILLORS.

CONTESTED ELECTIONS.

In a parish within an urban district other than a borough,
for each 750 parochial electors within the parish or
ward for which the election is held, or fractional part
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POLLS CONSEQUENT ON PARISH MEETINGS.

For every poll consequent on a parish meeting where such
poll is not taken as to the election of parish coun-
cillors-

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In a parish with a population of less than 300 according to the same census, not exceeding 100 The payment under this head is to cover all the services of the returning officer, including those of presiding officer, and if a poll is taken on more than one question on the same day in any parish, only one fee shall be charged.

For services preliminary to poll, if a poll is not taken in
consequence of the withdrawal of any candidates-

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Given under the Seal of Office of the Local Government Board, this Twentieth day of November, in the year One thousand eight hundred and ninety-four.

L. S.

WALTER FOSTER,

HUGH OWEN,

Secretaries.

G. SHAW LEFEVRE,

President.

Appendix.

APPENDIX IX.

The following official documents relating to the Local Government Act, 1894, have been issued by the Local Government Board:

CIRCULAR. Guardians and Urban Sanitary Authorities

other than Town Councils.

5th March, 1894.

SIR,

Local Government Board,
Whitehall, S.W.,

5th March, 1894.

I am directed by the Local Government Board to draw attention to the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1894, which has this day received the Royal assent, in so far as they affect the election of guardians and members of urban sanitary authorities during the present year.

Under the Act, urban and rural district councils will take the place of urban and rural sanitary authorities, and parishes in any rural district will be represented on the board of guardians by the persons elected as rural district councillors, guardians as such being only elected in parishes in urban districts.

The first elections of guardians and district councillors under the Act will be held on the 8th November next or on such later date or dates in the year 1894 as the Board may fix, and the persons elected will come into office on the second Thursday next after their election, or such other day not, more than seven days earlier or later as may be fixed by or in pursuance of rules made by the Board in relation to their election.

Upon the day on which the first guardians and urban or rural district councillors elected under the Act come into office, the persons who are then members of boards of guardians or urban or rural sanitary authorities will cease to hold office; but until that day the persons who at the passing of the Act were guardians or members of urban sanitary authorities for districts other than boroughs will continue in office notwithstanding any want of qualification, as if the term of office for which they were elected expired on that day, and except for the purpose of filling casual vacancies, or of electing additional guardians, where the number is increased, no further elections will be held.

Hence, the guardians and members of urban sanitary authorities who would have gone out of office in April next but for the passing

5th March,

of the Act, will continue in office until November and will then CIRCULAR. retire, and the elections which would otherwise have been held in April will not take place. No further steps, therefore, should be taken with a view to any such election.

1894.

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I am directed by the Local Government Board to draw the attention of the Highway Board to certain provisions of the Local Government Act, 1894.

District councils will under the Act be elected for rural districts, and will take the place of the present rural sanitary authorities.

Section 25 of the Act provides that there shall be transferred to the district council of every rural district all the powers, duties, and liabilities of any highway authority in the district, that highway boards shall cease to exist, and that rural district councils shall be the successors of the highway authority. It is, however, enacted that the council of any county may by order postpone within their county, or any part thereof, the operation of this section, so far as it relates to highways, for a term not exceeding three years, or such further period as may, on the application of the county council, be allowed by the Board. The effect of this provision will be that the Highway Board will cease to exist on the day on which the first rural district councillors come into office, and the rural district council will thereupon become the highway authority, unless the county council postpone the operation of the section within their county or the part thereof comprising the district of the Highway Board.

Section 84 provides that the first elections of district councillors under the Act shall be held on the 8th November next, or on such later date or dates in the present year as the Board may fix,

9th March, 1894.

9th March, 1894.

CIRCULAR. and that the persons elected shall come into office on the second Thursday after their election, or such other day not more than seven days earlier or later, as may be fixed by or in pursuance of the rules made by the Board under the Act in relation to the election of those councillors.

By section 79, persons who, at the passing of the Act, are members of highway boards are continued in office until the day on which the first rural district councillors elected under the Act come into office, as if the term of office for which they were elected expired on that day, and consequently the usual annual election of waywardens will not take place in the present year.

An order under section 25 is, by section 84, to make such provision as may be necessary for holding elections of highway boards in the interval during which the operation of section 25 is postponed. This provision will enable the county council to give directions in their order for the election of waywardens in place of those who will cease to hold office as mentioned above, when the rural district councillors come into office, and also to order for what period such waywardens shall be elected, having regard to the period of postponement.

As regards the position of the officers of highway boards that will cease to exist under the Act, the Board direct me to state that section 81 provides that where the powers and duties of any authority other than justices are transferred by the Act to any district council, the officers of that authority shall become the officers of that council, and that every such officer shall hold his office by the same tenure, and upon the same terms and conditions as heretofore, and while performing the same duties shall receive not less salary or remuneration than heretofore. The section also provides that section 120 of the Local Government Act, 1888, which relates to compensation to existing officers, shall apply in the case of existing officers affected by the new Act, as if references in the section to the county council were references to the authority whose officer the person affected is when the claim for compensation arises.

At the same time, the Board may draw the attention of the Highway Board to sub-section (2) of section 86 of the Act, under which it will be the duty of every authority whose powers, duties, and liabilities are transferred by the Act to liquidate so far as practicable before the day on which the transfer takes effect, all current debts and liabilities incurred by the authority; and to sub-section (2) of section 85, under which the accounts of the Highway Board before that day will be audited in the same manner as if the Act had not passed, and for the purpose of the audit the Highway Board and their accounting officers will, until

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