HC Deb 29 April 1907 vol 173 c500

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether it is within the power of a rural district council and the Local Government Board to sanction the erection of a cottage under the Labourers Acts where the applicant's present cottage is sanitary, but owing to its small size and the number of the applicant's family, the ordinary decencies of life cannot be observed.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Answer to this Question would depend upon the circumstances of the particular case. Under Section 4 of The Labourers (Ireland) Act, 1883, a labourer's cottage may be provided when the applicant's existing house is unfit for habitation owing to the want of light, air, ventilation, or proper conveniences.