HC Deb 26 February 1883 vol 276 cc849-50

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the attention of the Government has been called to the Minutes issued by the Land Commissioners on the 29th May 1882, on the provisions of "The Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1881," as to labourers' cottages; and, whether any effort has been made to put the recommendations therein contained into effect; if not, whether it is the intention of the Government to amend the Land Law Act, with respect to these provisions, during this Session?


in reply, said, an Amendment, which was made at the suggestion of the hon. Member for the County of Longford (Mr. Justin M'Carthy), enacted that a tenant who neglected to comply with the order of the Land Commission might be summoned before the Justices at Petty Sessions at the suit of the labourer; but, having regard to the conditions of the employment of the labourers, that remedy was naturally not a very efficient one. A suggestion had been made, which was evidently the more effective proposal—namely, that the farmer should make proper provision for labourers' cottages, in case an order to that effect was made before the decree fixing a fair rent was made by the Commissioners. But the Government were not prepared to propose any legislation on the subject.