HC Deb 28 June 1883 vol 280 cc1695-6

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been called to the trouble and less of time caused to persons applying to have fair rents fixed under the Land Act; whether cases have been brought under his notice in which tenants, after going a long day's journey at considerable expense, found that no Court was held; and, whether the Government will require the Commissioners to give more consideration to the convenience of suitors, especially in the matter of holding their Courts in the towns nearest to the land to be adjudicated on?


I have communicated with the Land Commissioners with regard to this Question, and have received from them a Report, in which they state that, when arranging the Circuit lists, they have done, and will continue to do, everything in their power for the convenience of suitors. It is impossible for them to select more than two or three principal places for the advertised sittings of a Sub-Commission in counties where there are but few cases. To adopt any other course would most seriously retard the progress of business. Sub-Commissioners, however, have power to adjourn to other places than those advertised, and they are always ready to receive applications, from parties interested, to sit at other places than those specified in the Circuit list.