HC Deb 17 March 1884 vol 286 c18

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, If he will inquire into the circumstances under which Mr. Bell, revising valuer, struck off 100 acres of land from the valuation of Patrick Devine, a tenant on the Duke of Abercorn's property, county Tyrone; whether Mr. Bell had previously visited the land, or consulted the Rate Collector or Board of Guardians; whether the revision was made by him in the Duke's rent office; ether Mr. Ball Greene, the head of the Valuation Department, sent down another revising officer to examine into the case; and, whether a revision has been made on the Gweedore estate of Lord George Hill, in which the valuation of land has been raised?


Sir, I have inquired into the circumstances of this case. In 1881 or 1882 Mr. Bell, it appears, having received certain information from the estate office, visited the land held by Devine, and made the alteration mentioned in the Question. Subsequently a dispute and a considerable conflict as to the facts are se, whereupon the old arrangement was ordered to be restored. No case has been discovered of any change in the Gweedore estate.