RELINQUISHMENT of powers under the Acts to the Council of the County is permitted in England, Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. In England any library authority, not being a county borough may, on such terms as may be agreed upon and with the approval of the Board of Education, relinquish their powers and duties to the county council. In Northern Ireland the council or commissioners of any urban district or town may, on terms agreed upon and approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs, relinquish their powers and duties. In the Irish Free State the council of any urban district may, on terms agreed upon and with the approval of the Minister for Local Government, relinquish their powers and duties. In each case all property, rights and liabilities are transferred to, and become vested in, the county council. Relinquishment of powers to county councils in Scotland is not provided for in the Acts and, as has already been mentioned, those authorities occupy a different position with regard to libraries from counties in England and Ireland.
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