§ MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he can state when the next sitting of a Sub-Commission will be held at Ballycastle, County Antrim, to hear the fair rent applications entered from Ballycastle Union prior to November 1, 1887; and, whether, considering that there are considerably upwards of 3,000 tenants in the County of Down who are obliged to continue to pay the old rent, though entitled to the benefit of the fair rent from May, 1887, arrangements will now be made to have the County Down Sub-Commission sitting there continuously in order to dispose of these applications?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
The Land Commissioners report that, in accordance with their present arrangements for next year, one pair of lay Assistant Commissioners will sit continuously in County Antrim throughout the year, commencing at the town of Antrim on the 9th of January. They will take the several unions in rotation, so that they will reach Ballycastle probably about April. And two pairs of lay Assistant Commissioners will sit continuously in the County Down.