Irish Land (Provision For Sailors and Soldiers) Act, 1919

Provision of cottages, &c. for ex-service men under the Labourers (Ireland) Acts.

6 Edw. 7. c. 37.

4.(1) The Local Government Board shall have power to make and carry out schemes for the provision of cottages with or without plots or gardens for the accommodation of men who have served as aforesaid, and who satisfy the Board as to their fitness and suitability.

(2) A scheme under this section shall specify the land which the Board propose to acquire for the purposes of the scheme whether by agreement of compulsorily, and notice of the scheme and of the time (not being less than twenty-one days) within which objections to the scheme must be sent to the Board shall be given in the prescribed manner to the owners or reputed owners, lessees or reputed lessees, and occupiers of the land.

(3) On the expiration of the time limited for sending objections the Board, after considering any objections that may have been duly sent to them, may make an order confirming the scheme with or without modifications, or may reject the scheme.

(4) For the purpose of carrying out any scheme when so confirmed, the Local Government Board, in addition to their other powers, shall have and may exercise all the powers except powers of borrowing or causing a rate to be levied that may be exercised by a rural district council under the Labourers (Ireland) Acts, 1883 to 1919, for the purpose of carrying out an improvement scheme when confirmed by a final order under section six of the Labourers (Ireland) ACt, 1906, including powers of acquiring land by agreement or compulsorily, and, subject to such adaptations as may be made under this seciton, those Acts and the Acts incorporated therein shall apply accordingly with the following modifications, namely:—

(a) an order of the Board confirming a scheme under this section shall have the like effect as if the scheme were an improvement scheme and the order were an order made and confirmed under section six of the Labourers (Ireland) Act, 1906;

(b) two statute acres shall be substituted for one statute acre as the maximum area of the plot or garden that may be provided;

(c) expenses incurred in making and carrying out schemes under this section shall be defrayed in manner provided by this section; and

(d) the power of acquiring land shall not be exercised by the Board after the expiration of three years from the passing of this Act.

(5) Any cottage, plot, or garden provided under this section which ceases to be required for the accommodation of any such man as aforesaid may be let or otherwise disposed of in such manner as the Board may, with the approval of the treasury, determine.

(6) The Local Government Board may make orders adapting the provisions of the Labourers (Ireland) Acts, 1883 to 1919, and any enactments incorporated therewith, in such manner as may appear to them to be necessary or expedient in orer to give full effect tot he provisions of this section.

(7) The expenses incurred by the Local Government Board in making and carrying out schemes under this section shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Treasury, be defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament, and the receipts of the Local Government Board in respect of cottages, plots, and gardens provided under such schemes shall be paid into the Exchequer at such times and in such manner as may be directed by the Treasury.

(8) The Local Government Board shall, in connexion with schemes under this section, prepare an annual account in accordance with such directions as may be given by the Treasury, and shall transmit the account to the Controller and Auditor General, and the Controller and Auditor General shall certify and report upon the same, and such account and report shall be laid before Parliament as soon as may be after the report is made.