§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
asked Mr. Attorney General for Ireland, Do the Government propose that the holders of leases, other than those excepted in their Bill, shall, whether they object or not, have their leases broken, and be thereby subjected to the disabilities imposed by the Land Act of 1881, such as the right of the landlord to apply for the resumption of the holding, or an increase of the rent thereof?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. HOLMES) (Dublin University)
The holders of leases within the first section of the Government Land Bill will be placed in the same position as ordinary present tenants from year to year, as if their leases had expired on the day the Act becomes law; and as such may have a fair rent fixed on the application of the landlord, unless they have given substantial consideration for the making of the lease. I would, however, point out that the leases within this section are those that would come to end within 60 years after the year 1881, and do not include perpetuity leases of any kind. I may also add that the Government Bill corresponds in the foregoing respects with that of the hon. Member for the City of Cork (Mr. Parnell) introduced last autumn.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY
I beg to give Notice that in consequence of the great alarm amongst the holders of what might be called beneficial leases, that I will give the strongest opposition to this proposal.