HC Deb 05 June 1907 vol 175 c692

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state when the Report of the Commission presided over by Lord Dudley to inquire into the question of congestion in Ireland will be issued; and whether it is the intention of the Government to promote legislation on the lines of the Irish Land Bill at present before the House.


I understand that the Report of the Royal Commission on Congestion in Ireland may confidently be expected towards the close of the present year. The hon. Member will have learnt from the Prime Minister's recent statement that it is the intention of the Government to introduce this session, and as soon as possible, a Bill dealing with the question of the evicted tenants. It is obvious that the Government cannot undertake to introduce during the present session a measure for the amendment of Irish land legislation generally; but after the Government have had the advantage of studying the Report of Lord Dudley's Commission it is intended to introduce a Bill amending the existing laws.