§ MR. M. AUSTIN (Limerick, W.)
On behalf of the hon. Member for Galway I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland why no decisions have yet been given on a number of appeal cases, heard before the Land Commission in Belfast on the 30th November last?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF IRELAND (Mr. GERALD BALFOUR,) Leeds, Central
The number fo cases referred to is 33, and I am informed that in 24 of these the question was raised as to the apportionment between the parties of increased letting value due to tenants' improvements. Sir Edward Bewley, who presided as Judicial Commissioner on the hearing of the appeals, retired from office before the question was decided, and it will be re-argued at an early date. In the remaining mine cases judgment has been withheld, I understand, for various reasons, such as re-survey for area, etc.