HC Deb 06 May 1908 vol 188 c250
MR. SHEEHAN (Cork County, Mid)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in the case of an agricultural labourer, as defined by the Labourers (Ireland) Acts, hired and employed for the seven days of the week, the expression, whose average wages in the year do not exceed two shillings and sixpence a day, means two shillings and sixpence a day for each of the seven days in the week; and whether such a labourer, earning an average wage of 17s. per week all the year round, would be entitled to the benefits of the Labourers Acts.


The question raised by the hon. Member is one for judicial decision. The Local Government Board anticipate that it will come before either themselves or a County Court Judge on appeal, and pending legal argument and full consideration the Board are not prepared to express an opinion on the question.