§ Mr. AMERY
asked the Postmaster-General whether, in the event of the Government of Ireland Bill having passed into law, land in Ireland will still be liable to any new system of taxation of agricultural land values that may be introduced by Imperial legislation; and whether Irish farmers will be liable to pay any obligatory minimum wage to their labourers that might likewise be provided by the same legislation?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The power of the Imperial Parliament to levy taxes in Ireland will not be affected by the Government of Ireland Bill. The degree to which that power should be exercised must necessarily be determined by the Imperial Parliament with a view to the circumstances of particular cases. Questions of wage regulation would in ordinary course be dealt with, if at all, by the Irish Parliament, though the Imperial Parliament would have the power to intervene should it think it necessary to do so.