HC Deb 26 March 1903 vol 120 c310
MR. CLANCY (Dublin Co., N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, under the provisions of the Labourers (Ireland) Acts and the Housing of the Working Classes Acts, it is very often necessary for the local authorities to lodge in court small sums of money awarded for compensation, with the result that costs larger in amount than the moneys so dealt with are occasioned to the ratepayers; and whether he will consider the expediency of proposing during the present session some amendment of the law by which costs in such cases may be avoided or minimised.


The course objected to is followed in all cases of compulsory purchase of lands under Railway Acts, Public Health Acts, etc., where the sums payable as compensation are also frequently of small amount. There seems no special reason for altering the law in this respect in regard to lands required for labourers' or artisans' dwellings, and in any event I could not undertake to deal with the matter during the present session.