HC Deb 11 April 1918 vol 104 cc1617-8

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of tenants in Belfast have been given notice to leave their houses; if he is aware that such evictions will inflict serious hardships; and if he will take some suitable action?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The subject is dealt with by the Increase of Kent and Mortgage Interest (War Restrictions) Act, 1915, and a Committee is about to sit to consider the working of that Act.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a large number of tenants have been evicted, notwithstanding the law that has been passed, and will he take steps to remedy the omission in the Act, particularly in regard to Dublin?


If it is a matter requiring legislation, I dare say that my hon. Friend will give me notice of the particular facts. If it is a matter of administrative action, I will certainly take action when a case is brought under my notice.