§ MR. SHEEHAN (Cork County, Mid)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the provision in the Local Government Act which imposes on tenants of rateable holdings of £4 valuation and under full liability for the rates has invariably resulted in the increase of their rents by this amount; and, if so, will he consider the advisability of reverting to the former system of rating.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
I have no information that the fact is as alleged. Section 54 of the Local Government Act, 1898, provides for the equitable adjustment of rents between landlords and tenants in consequence of the variation in the incidence of rates. In answer to the concluding inquiry, I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member's similar Question of the 24th February.†† See (4) Debates, cxxx., 856.
§ MR. SHEEHAN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Local Government Act has actually increased the rents of the weekly-tenement holders, and of the tenants under £4 valuation by the amount of the rates assessed on them?