Labouring Classes Lodging Houses and Dwellings (Ireland) Act 1866

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1866 c. 44


Labouring Classes Lodging Houses and Dwellings Act (Ireland), 1866

(29 & 30 Vict.) C A P. XLIV.

An Act to encourage the Establishment of Lodging Houses for the Labouring Classes inIreland .

[28th June 1866]

W HEREAS it is desirable for the Health, Comfort, and Welfare of the Inhabitants of Towns and populous Districts to encourage the Erection and Establishment of Lodging Houses and Dwellings for the Labouring Classes inIreland :Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Short Title.

1 Short Title.

1. In citing this Act for any Purpose it shall be sufficient to use the Expression ‘TheLabouring Classes Lodging Houses and Dwellings Act (Ireland), 1866.’

S-2 Interpretation of Terms.

2 Interpretation of Terms.

2. In this Act the several Words following shall have the several Meanings hereby assigned to them:

The Words ‘Dwelling Houses’ shall include Lodging Houses:

The Word ‘Borough’ shall mean and include any City, Borough, or Town:

The Term ‘Council’ shall mean the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses, or other the Municipal Corporation of any Borough, or any Town having Municipal Commissioners under the Act Third and FourthVictoria , Chapter One hundred and eight:

The Term ‘Town Commissioners’ shall mean any Commissioners intrusted with the paving, lighting, or cleansing of any Borough, or any Commissioners in any Townships under Local Acts; and the Word ‘Person’ shall include Persons:

The Term ‘Public Works Commissioners’ shall mean the Commissioners of Public Works inIreland for the Time being:

The Term ‘Lords of the Treasury’ shall mean the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury for the Time being:

‘Rates’ shall mean the Rates, Tolls, Rents, Income, and other Monies whatsoever which under the Provisions of any Act shall be applicable for the general Purposes of such Act:

‘Lands’ shall mean Tenements and Hereditaments of whatsoever Nature or Tenure:

‘Justice’ shall mean Justice of the Peace for the County, Division, Liberty, Borough, or Place where the Matter requiring the Cognizance of such Justice shall arise.

S-3 Act may be adopted in any Borough.

3 Act may be adopted in any Borough.

3. This Act may be adopted for any Borough inIreland which now has or may hereafter have any Municipal Corporation, or in which now exist or may hereafter exist any Commissioners for the paving, lighting, or cleansing of the same, under any Public or Local Act of Parliament or any Charter, and any Townships having Commissioners under Local Acts.

S-4 Council of Corporation may determine that this Actshall be adopted.

4 Council of Corporation may determine that this Actshall be adopted.

4. The Council of the Corporation or the Town Commissioners of any such Borough or Commissioners for any Township may, if they think fit, determine that this Act shall be adopted for such Borough, Town, or Township, and then and in such Case such of the Provisions of this Act as are applicable in that Behalf shall thenceforth take effect and come into operation in such Borough, Town, or Township, and shall be carried into execution by such Council or Town Commissioners as aforesaid.

S-5 On Requisition of Ratepayers the Council or TownCommissioners to postpone Proceedings for One Year.

5 On Requisition of Ratepayers the Council or TownCommissioners to postpone Proceedings for One Year.

5. Such Council or Town Commissioners shall give not less than Twenty-eight nor more than Forty-two Days public Notice of their Intention to take into consideration the Propriety of adopting this Act, and of the Time and Place for holding the Meeting at which they will take it into consideration; and if there be presented to such Council or Town Commissioners at that Meeting a Memorial in Writing, signed by not less than One Tenth in Value of the Persons liable to be rated to Rates made by such Council or Town Commissioners, requesting such Council or Town Commissioners to postpone such Consideration for a Period of One Year, then and in such Case such Consideration shall be postponed for such Period of One Year, and shall be entered on as soon after the Expiration of the Year of Postponement as such Council or Town Commissioners shall think fit.

S-6 Expenses to be paid out of Rates.

6 Expenses to be paid out of Rates.

6. The Expenses of carrying this Act into execution in any such Borough in which it shall be so adopted shall be paid out of any Rates which such Council or such Town Commissioners may have Power to impose for the Purpose of paving, lighting, cleansing, or otherwise improving the Borough, Town, or Township, and which Rates it is hereby enacted may be increased for the Purpose of defraying such Expense, such Increase to be subject to the Approval of the Lords of the Treasury

S-7 Net Income to be paid to the Credit of the Borough Fund.

7 Net Income to be paid to the Credit of the Borough Fund.

7. The net Income arising from any Lodging Houses or Dwellings built by any Council or Town Commissioners after the Payment of all Outgoings, including the Interest and Instalments of Principal of any borrowed Money, shall be paid to the Credit of the Borough or Town Commissioners Fund or otherwise in aid of the Rates which may have been applied to the Payment of the Expenses aforesaid, and the Council or Town Commissioners shall keep distinct Accounts of their Expenses, Receipts, and Liabilities with reference to the Execution of this Act, to be called ‘The Labourers Dwellings Account.’

S-8 Commissioners of Public Works may advance Monies toCompanies, Societies, or Persons.

8 Commissioners of Public Works may advance Monies toCompanies, Societies, or Persons.

8. For the Purposes herein-after mentioned the Commissioners of Public Works inIreland may, out of the Funds from Time to Time at their Disposal, advance on Loan to any such Council or Town Commissioners as aforesaid, or to any Company, Society, or Person as herein-after mentioned, namely, any Railway Company, or Dock or Harbour Company or Commissioners, or any other Company, Society, or Association established for Trading or Manufacturing Purposes in the course of whose Business or in discharge of whose Duties Persons of the Labouring Class may be employed, any private Person or Persons entitled to any Land held in Fee Simple or Fee Farm, or for Lives renewable for ever or for any Term of Years whereof not less than...

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