HC Deb 23 April 1907 vol 172 cc1555-6

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Cootehill No. 1 Rural District Council have rejected a number of agricultural labourers' representations for cottages on the ground that the labourers applying reside in the urban district of Cootehill; and, in view of the fact that these men are compelled to live in the town owing to want of accommodation outside, and that they are employed by farmers in the rural district, will the Local Government Board's attention be directed to their claims.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) It appears from the rural district council's minutes that of 108 representations lodged ninety-six were approved by them. Twelve representations in the Cootehill electoral division were apparently rejected on the ground that the applicants are residing and working in the urban district of Cootehill, and that the urban district council should proceed in such cases under the Housing of the Working Classes Act. Any applicant aggrieved can appear before the Local Government Board's inspector at the local inquiry into the scheme of the rural district council, which will be held in due course.