HC Deb 20 February 1883 vol 276 c410

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he can state the grounds on which the twenty-seven Assistant Land Commissioners recently appointed were selected, by whom they were recommended, and whether the choice made was to any, and what, extent influenced by the Chief Commissioner?


Sir, the Lord Lieutenant endeavoured to select from among the candidates for Assistant Land Commissionerships those whose practical knowledge and experience of farming would enable them to act skilfully in the difficult cases brought before them, and whose integrity of purpose and impartiality would make their decisions respected by all parties coming before them. ["Oh!"] Well, that is what the Lord Lieutenant endeavoured to do; hon. Members may not think he has succeeded. The Land Commissioners, among other persons, were consulted as to the qualifications of the candidates; but the appointments were made solely by the Viceroy.