HC Deb 02 March 1903 vol 118 cc1114-5
*MR. LONSDALE (Armagh, Mid)

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General for Ireland whether he has had an opportunity of considering the decision of one of the Revising Barristers for Belfast that sub-tenants of rooms in dwelling houses are entitled to the householders franchise; and whether he will introduce a Bill for the purpose of making it clear that such sub-tenants are merely entitled to the lodger franchise.


The Revising Barrister, in the instance mentioned, decided upon the facts of the particular case that the claimant occupied the upper portion of the house in which he lived as a separate dwelling; that his occupation and control were exclusive: and that the landlord who lived on the ground floor exercised no control. The Court of Appeal decided that there was evidence to sustain that finding, Lord Justice FitzGibbon intimating his opinion that the conclusion of the Revising Barrister was, on the evidence, right. The decision of the Revising Barrister was not of the general nature or effect indicated in the Question. It is in conformity with earlier decisions, and no amendment of the law seems to be called for.