I move that leave be given to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to continue and amend the Increase of Rent and Mortgage Interest (Restrictions) Acts, 1923 and 1926. It is a short and simple measure and its purpose is to continue the present period of time for a further five years. Deputies are aware that all control of rent ceases in June, 1929, and that in June this year control will cease in so far as houses with a valuation of from £25 to £30 are concerned. There are thousands of such houses in Dublin city and the townships, and if a measure such as I propose, or some such measure, is not made law before June next the occupiers of these houses will be liable to be evicted or have their rents raised very considerably. I do not propose to say more on the matter at this stage.
PUBLIC BUSINESS. - INTRODUCTION OF BILLS. INCREASE OF RENT AND MORTGAGE INTEREST (RESTRICTIONS) BILL, 1928—FIRST STAGE.
I would like to have the Second Stage taken on Friday next before the adjournment for Easter as the passing of the Bill would relieve the minds of a great many people who are looking forward to having their houses decontrolled in June.
Do you mean to take it in private members' time?
There is, of course, another motion before the House and I am not going to intervene in any dispute which may arise between the Fianna Fáil Deputies and Labour Deputies as regards precedence.
We will not ask you.
I would suggest that it be placed No. 16 on the Order Paper after Deputy Padraig O hOgain's motion.
We cannot do that.
Read the Standing Orders.
Then we can take it after the motion dealing with prisoners on Friday?
That is, assuming that the discussion on that motion is continued on Friday. It may be concluded to-day.