§ MR. DELANY
I beg to ask the Chief! Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that in the appeal case of Lucy Morrin, tenant, v. Thomas Kemmis, landlord, heard in Dublin last month, the second-term rent fixed by Sub-Commissioners Tuckey and I Baggot was reduced from £22 6s. to £20; that the sub-commissioners referred to fixed the second-term rent in this case £2 6s. over the landlord valuer's estimate of a fair rent in the court below, and that the same valuer for the landlord declared upon oath before the appeal court that the rent fixed by the Sub-Commission was in excess of value; whether he will state what locality Messrs. Tuckey and Baggot are operating in at present; when their term of employment expires; and whether it is proposed to continue their services.
I have already replied to the earlier part of that Question in my answer to the hon. Member's Question No 36.† I am informed that Mr. Tuckey is a permanent assistant Legal Commissioner, and that Mr. Baggot is a temporary Lay Commissioner, whose present term will shortly expire. I have no information as to where these gentlemen are at present employed. The Land Commission inform me that Messrs. Tuckey and Baggot are gentlemen in whoso impartiality and ability they have every confidence. They add that on questions of value opinions frequently differ; and the appeal court at times considers it right to raise the rents fixed by the Sub-Commission Courts.
† See page 1137.