§ MR. SHEEHY (Meath, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether tenants whose landlord was a minor in Chancery in 1881, and who was obliged to sign a seven years Chancery lease, have been excluded from the benefits of the rent-fixing Acts, and, if so, does he propose to provide any relief for such tenants from the burden of excessive rents.
The facts are as stated in the Question. Lettings in matters relating to minors have always been held to be excluded from the rent-fixing clauses of the Land Acts. If legislation to amend the Irish Land Acts should be found necessary, the claims of these tenants will be considered by the Government.
In reply to a further question Mr. Bryce said the decisions of the country had been uniform on this subject.