HC Deb 11 May 1883 vol 279 c530

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If he will furnish a Return showing, by Counties and Provinces, the amounts of the Registered Charges on Estates in Ireland?


I am informed, Sir, that the Registration Acts do not require the nature, or amount, or other particulars of the charge to be stated in the memorial registering it. The date of the instrument creating the charge, the names of the parties, and the particular lands charged are all that need be stated, and it would, therefore, in a vast number of cases in which charges are registered be impossible to ascertain the amounts. Many charges may get paid off or satisfied, or may fail to take effect without there being anything whatever on the registry to show that they are no longer charges. It would be wholly impossible to prepare such a Return. The Registry Acts were drawn, and the machinery of registration devised, without any intention that the particulars of such charges could be ascertained in the Office. It is the business of the solicitors of the individual client to obtain those particulars.