HC Deb 03 February 1891 vol 349 c1630

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland whether the attention of the Lord Chancellor has been called to the recent Report of the Cork Chamber of Shipping and Commerce with reference to the Local Court of Bankruptcy, and the importance and desirability of extending its jurisdiction to the Counties of Kerry and Waterford; whether this could be done with the existing local staff, and without involving any additional expense; whether the Court is at present worked at a loss to the Treasury but would pay its way if the two additional counties were added; and whether, in view of the close commercial relations which exist between the Counties of Kerry and Waterford and the City of Cork, the Lord Chancellor will now, by Order in Council, bring the counties mentioned within the jurisdiction of the Court?


As I stated in reply to a similar question put by the hon. Member on the 11th of July last, the subject of the development of the, local jurisdiction conferred by the Act of 1888 on this Court is engaging the careful consideration of the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. He is, however, of opinion that it would not be wise to take the step suggested in the question until we have had further experience of the working of the Courts constituted by that act.