§ MR. HARRINGTON
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that cases listed for hearing before the Kerry Sub-Land Commission so far back as November, 1881, by tenants on the Crosbie Estate, have not yet been heard; whether those cases stood on the list in January last as numbers 74, 75, 76, 77, and 78, but at the recent sitting of the Commission, held in the present month, were placed back on the list to numbers 106, 107, 108, 109, and 110, and consequently did not come on for hearing; whether he can explain why those cases were placed so far back on the list as not to come before the Commission; whether it is true that, in some of those cases, the rent was increased as late as 1880, and whether this increased rent is still demanded; and, if so, whether, in the event of those tenants failing to pay any time before their cases are heard, they are liable to lose their holdings?
§ MR. TREVELYAN
Sir, the Land Commissioners inform me that no cases listed for hearing before the Kerry Sub-Commission so far back as 1881 remain unheard, but that there are cases which were lodged at that time still undisposed of. The facts as to the adjournment and re-numbering of certain cases are as stated, the reason of the change in the numbers being that all the earlier cases on the April list were cases adjourned from previous sittings. No cases were taken out of their turn. The Commissioners cannot say whether the rent in any of these cases had been raised in 1880, as the cases have not yet been investigated. The tenants are liable for the old rent until judicial rents are fixed.
§ MR. HARRINGTON
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether Mr. Crosbie on the last occasion, by having his name changed, succeeded in getting his cases postponed?