HC Deb 30 June 1904 vol 137 cc149-50

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state the number of applications for the fixing of fair rents pending hearing by a Sub-Commission Court in the Innishowen district of county Donegal, and the number of appeals from the Sub-Commission and County Court at present pending in said district; when did any Sub-Commission Court sit in the district; and whether, as the majority of the cases have been pending before each tribunal for a number of years, he can say when those concerned may expect their cases disposed of, and if the Appeal Court could arrange to have all Innis- † See page 175. howen appeals heard within the district, and not bring, as heretofore, the tenants to Londonderry.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) There are twenty-two applications to fix fair rents pending from the district of Innishowen; seventeen of these appeared on a list the hearing of which was commenced at Stranorlar on the 28th March last, but the actual hearing of these cases has been delayed owing to the illness of the lay Assistant Commissioner for the district. They will, however, be heard at some convenient place in the district, with the remaining cases on the list, at an early date, which will be notified to the parties. Fair rent appeals are pending in only twenty-eight cases from the Innishowen district. A sitting to hear such appeals was last held in June, 1903, when all cases prior to January, 1900, were disposed of. The appeals now pending have all been lodged at various times since that date, and will be listed for hearing on as early a date as possible, having regard to the claims of other places. The Commissioners, however, can give no undertaking to hold their next sitting within that district.