HC Deb 23 March 1893 vol 10 cc877-8
MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with reference to the applications under the Redemption of Rent (Ireland) Act made by the 10 tenants on the M'Cartney Estate, near Belfast, whether he will give the gross valuation of the farms as reported by the Court Valuer, Mr. Hume Babington, and also the gross valuation of same as afterwards reported by the Court Valuer, Mr. Adamson, and, as these applications came before the late Mr. Commissioner M'Carthy, will he state why they wore taken up by Mr. Commissioner Lynch, instead of by Mr. M'Carthy's successor; what is the date of the transfer of the proceedings to Mr. Lynch's Court; and on whose application was the transfer made?


The Land Commissioners report that as the applications under the Redemption of Rent Act, on this estate are still sub judice, it would be irregular to give the information asked for in reference to the contents of the Reports made by the Assistant Commissioners. The cases were transferred to Mr. Commissioner Lynch on the 23rd December last, upon the fiat of the Judicial Commissioner made pursuant to the 4th of the General Rules of 23rd April, 1892, under the Act mentioned. The transfer was not made upon the application of any person.


May I ask why it was that the first Valuer sent down by the Commissioners gave notice of the object of his visit, while the second did not, but in some cases stated that he was merely checking the figures of the former Valuer?


I will call attention to the fact.