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Stornoway Parish Council

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Stornoway Parish Council

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  • Parish Council of Stornoway

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The Local Government Act 1894 abolished the Board of Supervision and the Parochial Boards, transferring their functions to Local Government Board centrally, and to Parish Council locally. Stornoway Parish Council was a fully elected body. Its main functions were the Poor Law, registration of births, deaths and marriages, child protection, provision of burial grounds, registration of vaccinations, the mentally ill and handicapped. Most public health functions were transferred to Lewis District Committee, with the Burgh of Stornoway taking on some responsibility for its own area. The Parish Council could also concern itself with footpaths, well, harbours and standard ff postal and telegraph services.
The Local Government Act 1929 saw the Parish Council being disbanded in 1930, the bulk of its functions being transferred to Lewis District Council and the Lewis Public Assistance Committee which reported to the County Council.


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