HC Deb 24 March 1884 vol 286 cc587-8

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, in those cases arising under the Labourers' Act in which landlords consent themselves to erect the necessary cottages, he, as President of the Local Government Board, will limit the conditions under which such arrangements may be carried out so that the terms as to rent, tenure, &c., may not be prohibitory to the labouring classes, but shall coincide as far as possible with the terms under which similarly situated holdings may be offered by the sanitary authority?


Sir, if the landlords themselves build, independently of the sanitary authority, the Local Government Board have no functions in the matter. If the houses are built by the "owner of first estate" under the Act, and are provided for in that case in the improvement scheme, it will be competent for the sanitary authority to propose conditions, subject to the confirmation of the Local Government Board. No such case has as yet come before the Board.