§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether it is contemplated before next Session of Parliament to appoint any Assistant Lay Sub-Land Commissioners to deal with the numerous expected applications for fair-rent renewal fixings in 1896; and, if such appointments are contemplated, will some rule be laid down by which the competency and knowledge of possible candidates for these offices should be tested, which would guarantee to litigants that those who value their land shall be practical farmers, with a knowledge of the value of land in Ireland?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I do not contemplate any fresh appointments to the post of Sub-Commissioner until the necessity arises. When such appointments are made the qualifications of a practical knowledge of values in Ireland will, of course, be one of the essential qualifications for the post.