HC Deb 30 June 1902 vol 110 cc312-3
MR. FLYNN (Cork, Co., N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the resolution passed by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland, at Maynooth, on the 25th inst; on the subject of the Land Bill, declaring that the grazing lands of the country should be made available on fair terms for the agricultural population that is now forced to emigrate. And, whether, in view of this pronouncement, the Government will introduce such provisions in the Land Bill as may tend to carry out these views.


Yes, Sir. I have seen a Report of the Resolution. In reply to the second paragraph, I would direct the hon. Member's attention to Clause 3, Clause 4 (1) (b) and (c) ii, iii, Clause 6 (1), Clause 11 (1), and specially to the first-mentioned Clause. They set up £1,000,000 as a rolling fund, outside the congested districts for most of the purposes advocated by this important assembly. I doubt whether it would be advisable for the State to undertake similar work for those in comparatively easy circumstances until further progress has been made in the problem of remedying the defects of uneconomic holdings.