§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in drawing the Reference under which the Land Committee of next Session will sit and inquire into the working of the Rent-fixing Clauses of the Acts of 1881,1887, and 1891, he will consider the necessity of including in the Reference the Act of 1870, several important legal decisions having imported into the Act of 1881 the principles of the earlier Statute?
§ MR. BRYCE (for Mr. J. MORLEY)
My right hon. Friend believes that it is true that the principles of the Act of 1870 have been taken in some particulars as guides in interpreting the Statutes of 1881 and 1887, and the Redemption of Rent Act of 1891; and if, on further examination, it proves to be so, then the Reference would extend to the Act of 1870.