HC Deb 17 June 1880 vol 253 c196

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the Government will include in the instructions to the proposed "Small Royal Commission on the Land Act of 1870,"instructions to examine into the working and results of all sales made by the Church Temporalities Commissioners of Church Lands to occupying and other tenants?


Sir, I cannot give a positive answer to the Question. The hon. Member, however, is aware that the object of the Commission is the examination of the working of the Land Act of 1870. Well, that Act contains a number of clauses called the "Bright Clauses," and I think it must be very difficult to examine into so much of the working of the Act which relates to those clauses without, at the same time, finding out what was done by the Church Temporalities Commissioners with respect to the sale of Church lands.