§ MR. DAVITT (Mayo, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, in connection with the complaints as to the necessity for an increased staff in the office of the Land Judge in Ireland, the Treasury will see its way to recommend the drafting from the staffs of other Courts in Ireland of sufficient help to enable the work in the Land Court to be dealt with more expeditiously?
§ MR. MAURICE HEALY
I beg, also, to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether complaint has been made of the necessity for an increased staff in the office of the Land Judge in Ireland, owing to the great stress of business under the Land Purchase Acts; whether, for the want of a sufficient staff, considerable delays take place in the offices, with the result that the land purchase transac- 1114 tions are sometimes greatly protracted; and whether any increase of staff will be made to cope with the extra work?
§ MR. HANBURY
Owing to representations by the Land Judge as to the insufficiency of his staff to deal with the increase of work under the Land Law Act, 1896, an inquiry has been held by the Lord Chancellor and the Chief Judges; and they, with the concurrence of the Treasury, have made an order for in creasing both the examining staff and the clerical staff of the division. I have no reason to doubt that the staff, thus revised, will be adequate to the requirements of the case. The question of filling clerkships in the Land Division by transfer from other courts is at present, I understand, under the consideration of the Lord Chancellor.