§ MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick's)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a number of cases listed for hearing at Cork last May sittings of No. 4 Sub-Commission remain untried; whether some of those are persons who entered their cases in the County Court, and whether, on the application of their landlords, they were transferred months ago to the Sub-Commission Courts in the Unions of Fermoy, Mallow, and Midleton; whether the adjourned cases will soon be tried, as the delay causes travelling expense and loss of time upon the tenants, in addition to the payment of the old rent accruing all through the period; and whether the law in its administration will secure the hearing of all tenants' cases who elect to enter the several County Courts to be heard there?
MR. J. MORLEY
The Laud Commissioners state that all the cases in the Unions of Fermoy and Mallow which were listed before this Sub-Commission have been heard. It appears, however, that the Sub-Commission had not time, owing to other engagements, to take up the hearing of some 30 cases in the Midleton Union, which were also included in the list. Of these, 10 had been transferred as stated in the second paragraph. The Laud Commissioners will endeavour to have these cases disposed of, if possible, in July. With regard to the last paragraph, the Commissioners point out that where a fair rent case has been entered in the County Court, either party has the right, under the Land Act of 1881, to have the case transferred to the Land Commission, unless it be shown that such transfer would be unjust and unreasonable.