HC Deb 22 December 1916 vol 88 cc1856-7W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, if he will state why the Local Government Board sanctioned a reduction in the rents of the labourers' cottages in the Croom Rural District, county Limerick, last April, and refuses to grant a similar reduction to other rural areas; and will he again consult with Sir H. Robinson and try to arrange for a sanction of the proposal throughout Ireland before the labourers take the question into their own hands and deduct the amounts sanctioned by the local councils from their rents, which is bound to arise if the present attitude of the Local Government Board is persisted in?


The reduction to which the hon. Member refers was made by my predecessor. As regards the latter part of the question, I am not able to add anything to my answer to his question of the 19th instant.