HC Deb 01 May 1890 vol 343 c1831

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether, having regard to the great and increasing interest taken by the class of agricultural labourers in Ireland in the question of the Amendment to the Labourers' Dwellings Acts, the Government will consider the propriety of introducing Amendments to the Irish Land Bill, when it reaches the Committee stage, to provide that all tenants who become purchasers of their holdings under the Bill shall be bound to make duo provision for the proper housing of the labourers working upon such holdings.


As my hon. Friend is aware, there is provision made in the Purchase Bill for giving to labourers in Ireland certain benefits in localities where the Guardians have not taken advantage of the Labourers' Dwellings Act. I may say, on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary, that he will, of course, be glad to consider in Committee any proposals which may carry out more effectually the objects aimed at by that part of the Land Purchase Bill which deals with labourers' cottages.