§ MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, What is the number of cases which have occurred under the following sections of "The Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1881," with the total acreage to which they relate; Sub-section 6 of section I. enabling landlords to object to sale of tenant right on the ground of the permanent improvements having been made and maintained by such landlord or his pre- 66 decessor; and, sub-section 4 of section. VIII. enabling the Court to disallow applications for judicial rent on the ground of the permanent improvements having been made and maintained by such landlord or his predecessor?
THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN)(who replied) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
, said, that applications under Subsection 6 of section 1 of the Land Law Act only came before the Land Commission in cases where the tenant disputed the landlord's contention that the improvement of the holding had been made or substantially maintained by the landlord or his predecessors in title. Five such applications had been heard before the Land Commission, in one of which the landlord's contention had been established, and in the four other cases it had failed. There had also been one such application heard before the Civil Bill Court, in regard to which the Land Commissioners had no information as to the decision come to. The total acreage involved in these cases was 515 acres 3 roods 31 perches. With respect to cases under Sub-section 4 of Section 8, the Land Commissioners were unable to give the exact number; but they stated that there had been probably not more than 20 such cases.