§ SIR CHARLES LEWIS (Antrim, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is aware that, under the Leasehold Clause of the Irish Land Law Act of 1887, a very large number of leases have been broken in 1299 the northern part of County Antrim, and consequently that there are numerous cases awaiting hearing in the Land Courts; and, whether, having regard to the way in which such delay presses injuriously on the many tenants suffering from the long-continued agricultural depression, the Government will seek to make arrangements for early and adequate sittings of the Land Court at Ballymoney?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
The Land Commissioners inform me it is a fact that a large number of leaseholders in the County Antrim have, under the Act of last Session, become entitled to apply to have judicial rents fixed, and that the applications awaiting hearing are consequently numerous. A Sub-Commission sat in that county during the months of February and March. The Commissioners are not at present in a position to state when a Sub-Commission will again sit at Ballymoney or elsewhere in the county, but they will make the fixture at the earliest date practicable.