§ MR. W. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state the number of applications made by tenants to have the holdings they have purchased registered under "The Local Registration of Title Act, 1891"; whether he can specify the numbers, by counties, in which such registration has been completed; and when it is expected that all such registration will be finished; and whether, as the Land Certificate to be issued, after the title has been registered, takes the place of the former vesting order, and is to be retained by the Land Commission until the entire advance has been repaid by the tenant, a copy, free of cost, will be supplied to each tenant who has purchased his holding, prior to the passing of the said Act?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER (Mr. BRYCE,) (for Mr. J. MORLEY) Aberdeen, S.
It appears from a Report which has been made by the Registrar of Titles, that the total number of holdings which have been registered to the present date is 9,568. In all cases where the Land Commission applied for registration of the title, they supplied, free of charge, a copy of the Land Certificate to the tenant purchaser, whether he purchased prior or subsequently to the passing of the Act, and in all other cases a copy free of charge was also furnished on application. The work connected with the registration of titles has been undoubtedly slow, but, apparently, unavoidably slow, and I understand that the point is one into which the Select Committee to be appointed to inquire as to the working of the Land Acts will examine.