§ SIR CHARLES LEWIS (Antrim, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is in 1682 a position to state in what number of cases of applications to fix fair rents under the Land Act of 1881, the Land Commissioners having made an order under the 19th section of the Act for the erection of labourers' dwellings, such orders have been complied with, and the number of cases in which steps have been taken to enforce such orders?
§ THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN) (Dublin University)
In the absence of my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary, I may be allowed to answer the Question. The Local Government Board find that orders respecting labourers' dwellings have been made by the Irish Land Commission under Section 19 of the Land Law Act, 1881, in 132 Poor Law Unions. In the case of 11 of these Unions, however, the Returns received are in an incomplete state, and will probably not be ready for a few days. They show that 87 orders have been made in those 11 Unions, but further details are wanting. In the case of the 121 Unions where the Returns are complete, 743 orders were made. Of these, 466 have been complied with, 310 in due course, and 156 after steps had been taken to enforce obedience. The remaining 277 have not yet been complied with. In 45 of these latter cases the necessary steps have been taken by the Sanitary Authority to enforce obedience to the order; in 225 cases no steps have been taken; and in seven cases the period of six months authorized for carrying out the order has not yet expired.
§ THE LORD MAYOR OF DUBLIN (Mr. SEXTON) (Belfast, W.)
asked, whether it was a fact that in the county represented by the hon. Baronet (Sir Charles Lewis) no orders had been made for the erection of labourers' cottages, nor even a scheme formulated, while in every other county in Ireland labourers' cottages had been built?
§ MR. MADDEN
said, the Return did not distinguish between the different counties, and therefore he could not answer the Question of the hon. Member.