HC Deb 16 March 1904 vol 131 c1261
MR. SHEEHAN (Cork County, Mid.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received from the Mill-street Rural District Council a resolution drawing attention to the hardship inflicted on the ratepayers of the rural district in being taxed up to nearly the limit of one shilling in the pound on account of improvement schemes under the Labourers Acts, and requesting that clauses should be inserted in the proposed new Labourers Bill by which local taxation would be relieved of some, of this burden; and, if so, does he intend to give effect to the terms of this resolution.


The hon. Member appears to have overlooked the fact that an annual grant of public, money amounting to £40,000 has been made available for some years, and will continue to be available, towards the cost of providing labourers' cottages in Ireland. The Labourers Bill now before the House contains provisions in respect of the distribution of this grant on a new basis.