HC Deb 11 December 1906 vol 167 cc150-1

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland if his attention has been directed to a judgment delivered by Mr. Justice Wylie, sanctioning the payment of a full price based upon value, with a bonus, and an addition of one year's arrears of rent, with a further bonus; if the purchaser is prevented by private reasons from appealing against this decision, on whom does the duty devolve of appealing, in the interest of the public, against this unprecedented use of public money; and can he say if an appeal will be taken or the validity of the decision be tested in any way.


My attention has been called to the judgment in question which was that of the Master of the Rolls in a case heard by him when Judicial Commissioner. It was decided that under the Land Act of 1903 the purchase money of a holding might include arrears of rent actually due not exceeding one year's rent. On the hearing of the case counsel appeared on behalf of the Treasury and for the landlord. The question of appealing is one for the Treasury, and is, I believe, at present under their consideration.