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Local Government Act 1888


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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I County Councils.

    1. Constitution of County Council.

      1. 1.Establishment of county council.

      2. 2.Composition and election of council and position of chairman.

    2. Powers of County Council.

      1. 3.Transfer to county council of administrative business of quarter sessions.

      2. 4.Transfer of certain powers under local Acts.

      3. 5.Appointment of coroners by county council.

      4. 6.Power of council as to bridges.

      5. 7.Transfer to county council of certain powers of justices out of session.

      6. 8.Reservation of business to quarter sessions.

      7. 9.Powers as to police.

      8. 10.Transfer to county council of powers of certain Government departments and other authorities.

      9. 11.Entire maintenance of main roads by county council.

      10. 12.Roads and tolls in Isle of Wight.

      11. 13.Adaptation of Act to South Wales roads.

      12. 14.Power to county council to enforce provisions of 39 & 40 Vict c.75.

      13. 15.Council to have power to oppose Bills in Parliament.

      14. 16.Power of county council to make byelaws.

      15. 17.Power of county councils to appoint medical officer of health.

      16. 18.Qualification of medical officers of health.

      17. 19.Power of county council as to report of medical officer of health.

    3. Financial Relations between Exchequer and County, and Contributions by County for Costs of Union Officers.

      1. 20.Payment to county council of proceeds of duties on local taxation licences.

      2. 21.Grant to county council of portion of probate duty.

      3. 22.Distribution of probate duty grant.

      4. 23.Application of duties on local taxation licences, and probate duty grant.

      5. 24.Payments by county council in substitution for annual local grants out of Exchequer in aid of local rates.

      6. 25.As to Secretary of State's power respecting efficiency of police.

      7. 26.Grant by county council towards costs of officers of union.

      8. 27.Supplemental provisions as to local taxation account and Exchequer contribution account.

    4. General Provisions as to Transfer.

      1. 28.General provisions as to powers transferred to county council.

      2. 29.Summary proceeding for determination of questions as to transfer of powers.

      3. 30.Standing joint committee of quarter sessions and county council for the purpose of police, clerk of the peace, officers, &c.

  3. PART II Application of Act to Boroughs, the Metropolis, and certain Special Counties.

    1. Application of Act to Boroughs.

      1. 31.Certain large boroughs named in the schedule to be county boroughs.

      2. 32.Adjustment of financial relations between counties and county boroughs.

      3. 33.Provisions as to police and rateable value in county boroughs.

      4. 34.Application of Act with modifications to county boroughs.

      5. 35.Application of Act to larger quarter sessions boroughs not county counties.

      6. 36.General application of Act to boroughs with separate commission of the peace.

      7. 37.Application of Act to quarter sessions boroughs hereafter created.

      8. 38.Application of Act to smaller quarter sessions boroughs with population under 10,000.

      9. 39.Application of Act to all boroughs with population under 10,000.

    2. Application of Act to Metropolis.

      1. 40.Application of Act to Metropolis as county of London.

      2. 41.Position of City of London/ and application of Highway Acts.

      3. 42.Arrangements for paid chairman and sitting of quarter sessions for London.

      4. 43.Grant by London county council to poor law unions.

      5. 44.Transfer of duties under 32 & 33 Vict. c.67 of clerk of metropolitan asylum managers.

      6. 45.Adjustment of law as to slaughter-houses in the metropolis.

    3. Application of Act to Special Counties and to Liberties.

      1. 46.Application of Act to certain special counties.

      2. 47.Saving for Manchester Assize Courts Act, 1858.

      3. 48.Merger of liberties in county.

      4. 49.Power to make Provisional Order for Scilly Islands.


    1. Boundaries.

      1. 50.Boundary of county for first election.

      2. 51.Directions for constitution of electoral divisions.

      3. 52.Provisional order as respects boroughs and .urban sanitary districts in same area.

      4. 53.Consideration of alterations of boundaries by county councils.

      5. 54.Future alterations of boundaries.

      6. 55.Contents of provisional order amalgamating two county boroughs.

      7. 56.Procedure for charter of new borough.

      8. 57.Future alteration of county districts and parishes and. wards, and future establishment of urban districts.

      9. 58.Additional power of Local Government Board as to unions.

      10. 59.Supplemental provisions as to alteration of areas.

      11. 60.General provision as to alteration of boundaries.

      12. 61.Appointment of Commissioners.

      13. 62.Adjustment of property and liabilities.

      14. 63.Arbitration by Local Government Board.

  5. PART IV Finance.

    1. Property Funds and Costs of County Council.

      1. 64.Transfer of county property and liabilities.

      2. 65.Power to acquire lands.

      3. 66.Costs of justices to be payable out of county fund.

      4. 67.Adjustment of law as respects costs ordered by quarter sessions or justices to be paid.

      5. 68.Funds of county council.

      6. 69.Borrowing by county council.

      7. 70.Issue of county stock.

      8. 71.Audit of accounts of county council.

      9. 72.Adaptation of Part V of 45 & 46 Vict. c.50 as to corporate property and liabilities.

    2. Local Financial Year and Annual Budget.

      1. 73.Fixing of local financial year and consequent adjustments.

      2. 74.Annual budget of county councils.

  6. PART V Supplemental.

    1. Application of Acts.

      1. 75.Application of 45 & 46 Vict. c.50 to county councils and this Act.

      2. 76.Amendment of 51 & 52 Vict. c.10.

      3. 77.Residential qualification of county electors in administrative county of London.

      4. 78.Construction of Acts referring to business transferred.

    2. Proceedings of Councils and Committees.

      1. 79.Incorporation of county council.

      2. 80.Payments out of fund and finance committee of county council.

      3. 81.Appointment of joint committees.

      4. 82.Proceedings of committees.

    3. Officers.

      1. 83.Clerk of the peace and of County council.

      2. 84.Appointment of the justices' clerks and clerks of committees.

    4. Regulations for Bicycles, &c.

      1. 85.Regulations for bicycles, &c.

    5. Adaptation of Acts.

      1. 86.Adaptation of Lunatic Asylum Acts.

      2. 87.Application of provisions of 38 & 39 Vict. c.55 as to local inquiries and provisional orders.

      3. 88.Adaptation of Act to Metropolis.

      4. 89.Adjustment of law as regards courts, juries, sittings, and legal proceedings in Middlesex and London.

      5. 90.Special provisions as to adjustment in the Metropolis.

      6. 91.Adjustment as regards the Militia Act.

    6. Savings.

      1. 92.Saving for votes at any Parliamentary elections.

      2. 93.Saving for Metropolitan and City Police.

      3. 94.Saving for metropolitan common poor fund.

      4. 95.Saving as to Middlesex, Surrey, and Kent.

      5. 96.Saving for Middlesex Land Registry.

      6. 97.Saving as to liability for main roads.

      7. 98.Saving for powers of Commissioners of Inland Revenue and Customs.

    7. Definitions.

      1. 99.Definition of " written ".

      2. 100.Interpretation of certain terms in the Act.

      3. 101.Extent of Act.

      4. 102.Short title.

  7. PART VI Transitory Provisions.

    1. First Election of County Councillors.

      1. 103.First election of county councillors.

      2. 104.Retirement of first county councillors.

      3. 105.Preliminary action of county councillors as provisional council.

      4. 106.First proceedings of provisional council.

    2. General Provision as to First Elections.

      1. 107.Casual vacancies at first elections.

      2. 108.Power of Local Government Board to remedy defects.

    3. Appointed Day.

      1. 109.Appointed day.

    4. Transitional Proceedings.

      1. 110.Current rates, jury lists, &c.

      2. 111.Transitory provisions as to lunatic asylums.

      3. 112.Transitory provisions as to Contagious Diseases (Animals) Acts.

    5. Transitory Provisions as to Metropolis.

      1. 113.Transitory provision as to sheriffs of London and Middlesex.

      2. 114.As to existing coroners for Middlesex, Surrey, and Kent.

      3. 115.As to commission of the peace for London.

      4. 116.As to places for holding quarter sessions.

      5. 117.As to existing justices in Metropolis.

    6. Existing Officers.

      1. 118.Existing clerks of the peace and other officers.

      2. 119.As to officers transferred to county councils.

      3. 120.Compensation to existing officers.

    7. Temporary Provision as to Grant from Exchequer.

      1. 121.Grant and application of part of probate duty and of horse and wheel tax during the year ending 31st March 1889.

    8. Savings.

      1. 122.Saving for existing securities and discharge of debts.

      2. 123.Saving for existing byelaws.

      3. 124.Saving for pending actions, contracts, &c.

      4. 125.Saving for charters, local Acts, &c.

    9. Repeals.

      1. 126.Repeal of Acts.


      Local Taxation Licences.


      Alteration of Schedule to District Auditors' Act, 1879 (42 & 43 Vict. c. 6).


      County Boroughs.

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