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Labourers (Ireland) Acts Order, 1906

Volume 180: debated on Wednesday 7 August 1907

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I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware of the Labourers (Ireland) Acts Order, 1906, Rule 6, which directs every rural district council in Ireland to advertise in two or more local papers and post placards throughout their districts within one month from the 1st November, 1906, notifying that representations for the purposes of the Acts may be lodged with their clerk up to the 1st February, 1907; will this course be adopted annually; will he say in how many cases this requirement has been complied with, and give the names of the defaulting councils, if any, and the names of the councils which have not yet considered these representations; and is it intended to publish new rules annually, or is there only to be one scheme under the 6 Edw. 7, c. 37.

Rule 6 of the Labourers Order is in the terms set forth in the Question. If the hon. Member will refer to Rule 14 he will find it provided that the several representations which may be received during each year ending 30th September shall, if not taken into consideration during such year, be considered by the rural district council at their second meeting after the termination of such year. So far as the Local Government Board are aware, Rule 6 has been complied with in all cases. The replies to the last part of the Question are in the negative. It is, however, open to the Board at any time to revise the rules in such manner as may be deemed necessary. Further schemes can, of course, be made in pursuance of additional representations as contemplated in Rule 14.