HC Deb 08 April 1936 vol 310 c2797W

asked the Home Secretary whether he has been made aware of the complaints of the tenants under the Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Provision Act, 1919, in Northern Ireland, that the conditions of their holdings are inferior to the conditions which ex-service men in the Free State are now enjoying; and whether he can take any steps to approximate the conditions between the ex-service men living under the Act upon both sides of the border?


I have been asked to reply. I am aware that difficulties have arisen as a result of the fact that the statutes governing the Irish Sailors' and Soldiers' Land Trust have in some respects received different interpretations in the Courts of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State, and the desirability of overcoming these difficulties will be borne in mind. But I do not consider that at the present moment there are any steps which it would be practicable to take in the matter.