HC Deb 21 February 1888 vol 322 cc995-6
MR. A. E. PEASE (York)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Irish Eviction Returns for the quarter ending September 30 and December 31, 1887, laid upon the Table of the House last week, include—those persons who have been reduced from the position of tenants to that of caretakers, by the substitution of a written notice for the execution of an ejectment, as provided by section 7 of "The Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1887;" those persons who have been ejected or removed from possession as caretakers, whether they were caretakers created under section 7 of "The Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1887," or re-admitted as caretakers after eviction; and, if not, whether he will give the number of tenants reduced to the position of caretakers under the operation of "The Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1887," and also the number of caretakers evicted during these two quarters?

THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING HARMAN)(who replied) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)

said: The Eviction Returns referred to do not include the cases mentioned arising out of the Act of last Session. A special Return, however, was presented to the House on the 9th of February (Parliamentary Paper No. 29) as to the number of eviction notices filed, which applies to the case of tenants reduced to the position of caretakers. With regard to the eviction of such caretakers, the Government are at present considering the means and the most convenient form in which reliable records can be made.