§ MR. S. YOUNG (Cavan, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware of the numerous complaints made by the labourers of Cootehill, county Cavan, in regard to the want of cottages; whether he is aware that last August the Local Government Board, after inquiry, ordered six cottages to be erected, since which time nothing has been heard of them; and whether he will take steps to facilitate their erection, in view of the sanitary condition of the people?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Inspector of the Local Government Board is carrying out the Labourers Acts in this Union consequent on the refusal of the sanitary authority to do so. The Boards Provisional Order authorising the erection of six cottages became absolute on the 24th November last. The loans have since been sanctioned by the Treasury, and arbitration proceedings to determine the amount of compensation payable for the lands are now pending. No delay that can possibly be avoided will be permitted to take place in the matter.