HC Deb 14 July 1904 vol 138 cc44-5

I beg to ask the Chief-Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Iref land whether the Local Government Board have received complaints from their auditors or other persons as to houses erected under the Labourers (Ireland) Acts being occupied by persons who are not bona fide labourers or agricultural workers as defined by Section 93 of the Irish Land Act, 1903; and what steps have the Local Government Board taken to remove these parties and restore the houses to the members of the class for whose benefit the Labourers (Ireland) Acts were passed.


Such complaints, when made, have always been brought under the notice of the local authorities. The Local Government Board has power to refuse its sanction to the erection of additional cottages in districts where abuses of this character are allowed by the district council to prevail; but the Board is not empowered otherwise to control the local authority in respect of the tenancy of cottages.


Has the Local Government Board itself done anything to deal with this grievance?

[No Answer was returned.]