§ MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can explain why the Land Commission, in the case of Mr. Hugh Halpin, Whites-town, Stratford-on-Slaney, county Wicklow, fixed his second-term rent to commence on 29th September, 1902. instead of on 25th March, 1902, in view of the fact that his first-term rent commenced on 25th March, 1887, and that he served an originating notice before 25th March, 1902, to have a second-term rent fixed; that the Sub-Commission heard the case at Baltinglass on 3rd November, 1903, and the order fixing the second-term rent was made on 11th January, 1904, the said order fixing the second-term rent to commence on 29th. September, 1902, instead of 25th March, whereby the tenant loses the reduction on a half-year's rent.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndhanu) Mr. Halpin served his application to have a rent fixed for a first statutory term on 28th September, 1887. The first statutory term accordingly commenced to run from 29th September, 1887, pursuant to the provisions of Section 5 of The Land Act, 1887. Application was made to fix a fair rent for second statutory term on 25th September, 1902, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3, Sub-section 2, of The Land Act, 1896, the second statutory term commenced from 29th September, 1902, as stated in the order fixing the fair rent.