HC Deb 16 August 1894 vol 28 c1255
MR. MAGUIRE (Clare, W.)

In the absence of the hon. Member for South Roscommon, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, with the view of encouraging voluntary settlements pending the introduction of another Evicted Tenants Bill, he would be able to promise to favourably consider a provision in the measure under which such pecuniary grant can be made in the case of such settlements as the tribunal to be appointed would find the parties would have been entitled to if the Bill which recently passed this House had become law, notwithstanding that the evicted tenant may have been reinstated before a new Act shall have been passed?


I am not sure, after carefully reading the question, what my hon. Friend wishes. At all events, it is a hypothetical and problematical question, which could scarcely be answered across the floor of the House.


The question is this: If in the coming winter an arrangement is made by any of the evicted tenants with their landlords on the same terms as those included in the rejected tenants Bill, will the right hon. Gentleman undertake that in any future Bill those cases of arrangement shall be allowed to share the benefits?


Before giving an undertaking of that kind I should want to know what were the terms of the arrangement?


If the landlord accepts one year's rent from the tenant, will the hon. Gentleman undertake that the Government will allow him another year's rent?


It is obvious that I cannot give an undertaking of that kind. That would be a matter for the Arbitration Tribunal to deal with.