HC Deb 08 February 1881 vol 258 cc349-50

asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, If he will lay upon the Table Copies of the case laid before the Right Honourable Edward Gibson and Hugh Holmes, Esq. Q.C., the late Attorney and Solicitor General for Ireland, by Messrs. Hal-lowes and Hamilton, in relation to the action of Ion Trant Hamilton, M.P. v. the Attorney General and others Defendants, tried before the Vice Chancellor of Ireland on the 30th June and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd July, and the direction of the said law officers thereon; and of the consent signed by the said law officers admitting the Plaintiff's title to the foreshore near Skerries, extending over four miles, and waiving and abandoning the claim of the Crown thereto; and to ask, whether the present Attorney General, now that he has been made a party to the said action, will appear on the hearing of the appeal, and defend the public right and the right of the Crown to the foreshore in question?


Sir, by the Crown Lands Act, 1866, all the rights of the Crown in the foreshores of the United Kingdom are placed under the management of the Board of Trade, whoso solicitors in Ireland are Messrs. Hallowes and Hamilton, mentioned in the Question of the hon. Member, and who, therefore, I presume, have any case submitted by them to the late Law Officers, or documents connected with the matter. Having been made a party to the action, I shall, of course, take care that any public rights or rights of the Crown which may be deemed to exist shall be duly protected.