HC Deb 11 July 1906 vol 160 cc885-6

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will inform the House on what statutory provision does the Irish Land Commission base its claim to charge a tenant for a greater acreage of land than he holds, to set aside the sworn evidence of competent surveyors after a chain survey, and the decision of a county court on that evidence, and adopt instead the unsworn estimate of one who did not survey the farm.


The Land Commission inform me that they do not make any claim to charge, and do not charge, a tenant for a greater acreage of land than he holds. In any case of appeal from the decision of the county court the Land Commission consider the decision of that court, also the evidence produced on both sides and the report of the assessor, and decide judicially upon the case. The decision of the Land Commission on appeal is final, but the court always considers any application which may be made to it to rescind a decision already made.


As a matter of fact, has the man in such a case any remedy? After the area has been certified by the County Court Judge it is never surveyed by anybody else.


It is a question of law; but I believe there have been a good many cases in which, after a decision has been given, fresh material facts have been brought forward. In such cases the Commission are prepared to re-open the matter.