HC Deb 24 March 1884 vol 286 c592

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is a fact that the scheme for the erection of Labourers' Cottages in the Arklow electoral division of the Rathdrum Union, county Wicklow, was rejected by the Board of Guardians on an undertaking given by Lord Carysfort's agent that his Lordship would provide the cottages himself; whether it is true that it is proposed by his Lordship to give only a quarter of an acre of land with each cottage instead of the half acre prescribed by the Act; and, whether, if the labourers refuse to accede to these terms, they will be shut out from the benefits of the Act on a new application?


Sir, it appears from the Guardians' minutes that the facts are as stated in the first paragraph of the Question. The Government have no information of the extent of the land allotted to each cottage, and the question of what occurs on the labourer's refusal cannot well be anticipated. I may observe that the half-acre mentioned in the Question is not laid down as the minimum limit. The words of the Statute do not mention any minimum limit.