HL Deb 15 August 1901 vol 99 cc883-4


Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.


This Bill has passed the House of Commons without any dissent, and I do not think there will be any opposition to it in your Lordships' House. It is a very short Bill, and amends the Purchase of Land (Ireland) Amendment Act, 1889. The Bill provides that that Act, as amended by any enactment, shall, subject to the provisions of this Bill, apply with the necessary modifications in the case of a tenant desirous of purchasing land, notwithstanding that the sale of his holding is not about to be made under the Land Purchase Act. Clause 2 enacts that where a tenant to whom an advance is made in pursuance of this Act is the proprietor of a holding charged with an annuity under the Land Purchase Acts, an account shall be taken of the amount outstanding in respect of the original advance, and the original holding, and any additional parcel of land purchased under this Act shall be deemed one holding, and shall be charged with a new annuity for the repayment of such outstanding amount, together with the amount of the advance made in respect of such additional parcel, and shall be discharged from the annuity payable in respect of the original advance. An annuity payable in pursuance of this section will continue for such term of years as the Land Commission, on the application of the purchaser, may determine. The Bill will be very useful in Ireland to both landlords and tenants, and I trust your Lordships will give it a Second Reading.

Moved, "That the Bill be now read 21"—(Earl Spencer.)

On Question, agreed to.

Bill read 2a accordingly.

Committee negatived; then (Standing Orders Nos. XXXIX and XLV. having been suspended) Bill read 3a, and passed.