HC Deb 28 July 1903 vol 126 cc545-6
MR. SHEEHAN (Cork, Co., Mid)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state what form the inquiry will take during the autumn into the claims of †See (4) Debates, cxxiii., 110 and 1162; cxxiv., 1524. the Irish wage-earning labour population to obtain access to the land and into the Amendments which are necessary to the Labourers (Ireland) Acts; how does he propose to gather evidence as to the requirements of the different provinces; and will he consider the desirability of recommending the appointment of a Viceregal Commission which would go thoroughly into the whole subject.


The Local Government Board is already in possession of much information, statistical and otherwise, appertaining to the working of the Labourers Acts. It proposes to supplement this information by special reports from its inspectors throughout the country. I shall direct investigation by any other Departments in a position to contribute pertinent information. No advantage would he gained by the appointment of a Viceregal Commission.