§ MR. MACARTNEY (Antrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that great inconvenience has been caused to those who attend the fair at Ballymagovern, County Cavan, by reason of the fact that no weighbridge for cattle has been provided; and whether there is any legal right to compel payment of toll where such accommodation is not provided?
MR. J. MORLEY
I am informed that by an Order of the Land Commission, dated 4th May, the fair referred to in the question was exempted from the provisions of the Markets and Fairs Acts of 1887 and 1891 on the ground that the sale of cattle at the fair is so small as to render it inexpedient to enforce the provision and maintenance of a weighing machine for cattle. The exemption Order will remain in force for a period of two years, and during that period the provisions of the Statutes will not apply to this fair. I am advised there is no legal right to compel payment of charges for weighing cattle where such accommodation is not provided, but that other charges, if any, are not affected by the exempting Order.