Representation of the People (Ireland) Act 1850

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1850 c. 69
Anno Regni VICTORI, Britanniarum Regin, Decimo Tertio & Decimo Quarto. An Act to amend the Laws which regulate the Qualification and Registration of Parliamentary Voters inIreland , and to alter the Law for rating Immediate Lessors of Premises to the Poor Rate in certain Boroughs.

(13 & 14 Vict.) C A P. LXIX.

[14th August 1850]

'WHEREAS an Act was passed in the Session of Parliament holden in the Second and Third Years of the Reign of His late Majesty KingWilliam the Fourth, intituled An Act to amend the Representationof the People of Ireland, and it is expedient to amend the Laws which regulate the Qualification of some of the Persons entitled to vote in the Election of Members to serve in Parliament for Ireland ,and the Registration of all Persons so entitled to vote:' 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 Authorityof the same, That in addition to those now qualified by Law to register and vote at any Election of a Knight of the Shire inIreland , in virtue of any Qualification not requiring Occupation, every Male Person of full Age, and not subject to any legal Incapacity, who shall occupy, as Tenant or Owner, any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditamentswithin any County inIreland , and shall be rated under the last Rate for the Time being under an Act of the First and Second Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, intituled An Act for the more effectual Relief of the Destitute Poor in Ireland, or any Act or Acts amending the same, as Occupier of such Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, at the net annual Value of Twelve Pounds or upwards, shall, if duly registered according to the Provisions herein-after contained, be entitled to vote at any Election of a Knight or Knights of the Shire to serve in Parliament for the County within which such Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments shall be situated; provided that no such Person shall be so registered in any Year unless he shall have been such Occupier for the Space of Twelve Calendar Months next before the Ninth Day of November One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one), or next before (in any succeeding Year) the Twentieth Day of July in such Year, and shall on or before the Thirtieth Day of September One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one), and shall in any succeeding Year on or before the First Day of July in such Year, have paid all Poor Rates in respect of such Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments which shall have become payable from him in respect of such Premises previously to the Thirty-first Day of March One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one), and previously (in any succeeding Year) to the First Day of January in such Year.

S-II Persons entitled to Estates in Fee, or in Tail orfor Life, of the rated Value of 5 l. to have Votes for Counties.

II Persons entitled to Estates in Fee, or in Tail orfor Life, of the rated Value of 5 l. to have Votes for Counties.

II. And be it enacted, That in addition to those now qualified by Law to register and vote at any Election of a Knight of the Shire inIreland , in virtue of any Qualification not requiring Occupation, every Male Person of full Age, and not subject to any legal Incapacity, who shall be seised of or entitled for his own Use to any Estate, legal or equitable, in Fee Simple or Fee Tail, or for his own Life, (such Tenant for Life not being a Lessee or Assignee of a Lessee or an Under-lessee,) or of or to any Estate of Freehold for Lives renewable for ever, or Estate quasi in Tail of such Freehold, in any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments which shall be rated in the last Rate for the Time being under the said Acts for the more effectual Relief of the destitute Poor in Ireland at the net annual Value of Five Pounds or upwards, and shall be, to the Person so seised or entitled, of the net annual Value of Five Pounds at the least above all Charges, save Taxes, Cesses, or Rates, payable out of the same, shall, if duly registered according to the Provisions herein-after contained, be entitled to vote at any Election of a Knight or Knights of the Shire to serve in Parliament for the County in Ireland within which such Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments shall be situate; provided that no such Person shall be so registered in any Year unless he shall have been in the actual Possession of such Premises, or in the Receipt of the Rents and Profits thereof for his own Use, for the Space of Six Calendar Months next before the Ninth Day of November One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one), or next before (in any succeeding Year) the Twentieth Day of July in such Year; but no actual Occupation of such Premises shall be necessary in the Case of any Person so seised or entitled who shall for such Space of Six Calendar Months have been in such Receipt of such Rents and Profits for his own Use.

S-III After first general Register, no one to vote at aCounty Election on a Qualification requiring Occupation, unless qualifiedunder this Act.

III After first general Register, no one to vote at aCounty Election on a Qualification requiring Occupation, unless qualifiedunder this Act.

III. And be it enacted, That from and after the Time when the first Register under this Act of Persons entitled to vote at any Election of a Knight or Knights of the Shire to serve in Parliament for any County inIreland shall be in force, no Person, except as herein-before provided, shall be entitled to vole at any Election of a Knight or Knights of the Shire to serve in Parliament for such County in respect of any Qualification which requires the Elector to be or to have been in the actual Occupation of Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments within such County.

S-IV No Persons to have Votes for Counties in respect ofLands within the Boundaries of Cities and Boroughs.

IV No Persons to have Votes for Counties in respect ofLands within the Boundaries of Cities and Boroughs.

IV. Provided always, and be it enacted, That no Person shall be entitled to vote at any Election of a Knight or Knights of the Shire for any County inIreland , in respect of any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments situate within the Parliamentary Boundary of any City, Town, or Borough in Ireland returning a Member or Members to serve in Parliament, and in respect of which he would be entitled to vote at an Election for such City, Town, or Borough, whether he shall or shall not have actually acquired the Right to vote for such City, Town, or Borough in respect thereof.

S-V Occupiers of Lands or Premises rated for the PoorRate at a net annual Value of 8 l. or upwards, and being registered underthis Act, to be entitled to vote at Elections for Cities or Towns in Ireland.

V Occupiers of Lands or Premises rated for the PoorRate at a net annual Value of 8 l. or upwards, and being registered underthis Act, to be entitled to vote at Elections for Cities or Towns in Ireland.

V. And be it enacted, That in addition to those now qualified by Law to register and vote at any Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for any City, Town, or Borough inIreland , in virtue of any Qualification not requiring Occupation, every Male Person of full Age, and not subject to any legal Incapacity, who shall occupy as Tenant or Owner, within any City, Town, or Borough in Ireland returning a Member or Members to serve in Parliament, any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, and shall be rated under the last Rate for the Time being under an Act of the First and Second Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, intituled An Act for the more effectual Relief of the destitute Poor in Ireland, or any Act or Acts amending the same, as Occupier of such respective Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments, at a net annual Value of Eight Pounds or upwards, shall, if duly registered according to the Provisions herein-after contained, be entitled to vote at any Election of a Member or Members to serve in Parliament for the City, Town, or Borough within which such respective Premises shall be situated; provided that no such Person shall be so registered in any Year unless he shall have been such Occupier for the Space of Twelve Calendar Months next before the Ninth Day of November One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one,) or next before (in any succeeding Year) the Twentieth Day of July in such Year, and shall on or before the Thirtieth Day of September One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one), and shall (in any succeeding Year) on or before the First Day of July in such Year, have paid all Poor Rates in respect of such respective Premises which shall have become payable from him in respect of such Premises previously to the Thirty-first Day of March One thousand eight hundred and fifty (as regards the Register for the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one), and previously (in any succeeding Year) to the First Day of January in such Year.

S-VI Provision as to joint Occupiers in Cities or Towns.

VI Provision as to joint Occupiers in Cities or Towns.

VI. And be it enacted, That when any Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments as aforesaid within any such City, Town, or Borough shall be jointly occupied by more Persons than One as Tenants or Owners thereof, and such Persons shall be rated in such Rate as last aforesaid jointly in respect of such Premises, each of such Persons shall, subject to the Conditions herein-before provided as to a Person occupying Lands, Tenements, or Hereditaments in any...

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