§ MR. HAVILAND-BURKE (King's County, Tullamore)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, under a recent award under an Edenderry No. 1 District scheme for acquiring plots for the erection of labourers' cottages, the Local Government Board arbitrator fixed the compensation to Mr. Peter Ennis, of Killane townland, at £6, the compensation awarded in the case of an adjacent farm of land of no greater value being £12; and that, on the Edenderry No. 1 District Council writing to the Local Government Board calling attention to the fact, it was informed that there was no appeal from the award of the arbitrator; and whether the Irish Government would favourably consider some system of appeal in such cases with a view to obviate inequalities of compensation.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The proposal of the District Council in this case was to award the occupier £6 15s. as compensation without any reduction of his rent, whereas the arbitrator fixed the compensation at £6 and reduced the rent by 12s. a year. Arbitration proceedings under the Labourers Acts are not exceptional; they are governed by the same enactment as similar proceedings under the Housing of the Working Classes Act and the Public Health Acts.