HC Deb 03 July 1905 vol 148 c784

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Robert Harvey, an inspector from the Estates Commissioners, has threatened to raise prices, previously arranged by all the parties interested, in the case of sixteen tenants on the Leslie Estate, county Cavan; and whether, having regard to the fact that the terms of sale were sanctioned by Judge Ross and are within the zones, he will state what authority the inspector had to do this; and whether the Estates Commissioners have received a communication from the tenants' solicitor objecting on their behalf to the inspector's proposals.


This is the case of a proposed sale to the Land Commission, under Section 7, of property in the Land Judge's Court. Under Subsection 2 of that section, the Land Commission have had the estate inspected, and will in due course consider the inspector's report with the view of deciding the terms of the offer which they will make to the Land Judge. It will then be for the Land Judge to decide on the sufficiency of the offer. It is a mistake to assume, as the Question suggests, that inspectors have the power to raise or lower prices. Their duty is to report to the Commissioners.