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[Per s.s. Te Anau at the Bluff.] London, May 8. Yesterday evening, in the House of Commons, Mr Gladstone introduced the Irish Land Bill in a speech of two hours and a half. It is considered as ranking among one of his great oratorical achievements. The cardinal point of the plan is tho establishment of a Land Commission, having partly administrative and partly judicial duties, which will supervise and carry out provisions for the purchase of estates and re-sell to occupying tenants, also to advance public money for reclamation of waste lands, also for emigration from ever populated districts. The Commission will consist of three members, one being always judge or ex-judge of the Supreme Court ; a Commission to regulate proceedings in all local Courts, and have power to appoint assistant commissioners or sub-commissioners. Under provisions of the Bill, increased rent is to be restrained by certain rules, and compensation for disturbance is to, he regulated according to different rates. The right to sell tenants’ interest is to be universally established, and eviction only permissible for default. ' The resumption by the landlord to be impossible, except on reasonable grave cause. Mr Gladstone dwelt upon the political and social advantages to a peasant proprietory. The Land Commission would have power to assist tenants to purchase holdings, and to purchase estates from willing landlords for the purpose of re-selling them where three-fourths of the tenants were willing to buy. Advances to he threefourths of the purchase money. Advances are also to be made <jn agricultural improvements, including reclamation of waste lands, to tenants or companies for the purpose of emigration, and no limit to .be placed on the gross sum to he advanced. Every Irish tenant to have the right to go before the Land Commission or Court and have the judicial rent fixed fop holdings, which would endure for fifteen years, during which time there should be no eviction of the tenant, except for breach of cerfcajo covenants or non-payment of rent, mad.o. Tenant right recognised as a saleable interest. The Bill is warmly and hopefully received by the Liberal party, although it provoked the Duke of Argyle’s resignation of office of Lord Privy Seal, as his Grace’s economical principles prevent him from approving of the main provisions of the measures. Mr Parnell reserved his judgment, but the prevailing impression is that the Irish members are favorable to it. Lord Elcho gave notice to-day of, an amendment condemning' the mpin principles of the Bill, as economically unsound, unjust, and impolitic.

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THE IRISH LAND BILL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 352, 24 May 1881

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THE IRISH LAND BILL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 352, 24 May 1881