§ MR. FITZPATRICK (for Viscount COLE)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been called to the fact that the chairman of the counties of Cavan and Leitrim, contrary to the practice followed in other counties, requires personal service of all processes of ejectment, and for recovery of rent and other debts, even where it is shown and proved that personal service is systematically evaded, and repeated attempts to effect such proved abortive; whether he is aware that such evasion of service is now the common practice in these counties, and that the course pursued practically defeats the end of justice; and, whether he will communicate with the Lord Chancellor, with the view of the practice of substituting other modes of service being made uniform in such cases?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
, in reply, said, he was aware that there was no uniformity in the practice in Ireland with regard to the service of processes of ejectment for the recovery of rent and other debts. He was also aware that considerable inconvenience arose from the absence of this uniformity. He could not interfere with the discretion of the Chairmen of Leitrim and Cavan if they required personal service of all processes of ejectment, as they were independent officials. He would certainly bring the matter under the attention of the Lord Chancellor.