HC Deb 05 June 1893 vol 13 cc198-9

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has observed that the scope of the Rent Redemption Act passed in 1891 has been greatly narrowed by the decision of the Court of Appeal in Ireland in the case of "Kelly v. Battray"; and whether, in view of the fact that the reason of the decision was purely technical, the Government will either introduce an amending measure or assist a measure for that purpose introduced by private Members?


I am advised that the Redemption of Rent Act, 1891, in terms only applies to cases of landlord and tenant, and such was the decision of the Court of Appeal in Ireland. I am informed that the cases of fee farm grants, reserving a full agricultural rent, to which the Act docs not apply by reason of the relation of landlord and tenant not existing, are likely to be very few in number, and I cannot undertake to introduce an amending Bill, or to assist a measure for the purpose.