HC Deb 21 March 1906 vol 154 cc385-6

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can say how many cases were decided by the Court of Land Appeal, under the provisions of the Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1903, c. 37, s. 88.; in how many cases was inspection of the holding required by the tenant; in how many by the landlord; what was the average increase or reduction made in the rents fixed by the Sub-Commissioners in such cases respectively; and can he say what was the average increase or reduction made by the Court of Appeal in the rents fixed by the Sub-Commissioners in the cases in which appeals were heard and decided without such inspection being required by either landlord or tenant.


I am informed by the Land Commission that 10,131 cases under the provisions of the 88th Section of the Irish Land Act, 1903, have been disposed of by the Judicial Commissioners. Inspections of the holdings, usually by the direction of the Court, sometimes at the request of the landlord, and sometimes at that of the tenants, have been made in all such cases, with the exception of not more than twelve cases out of the whole number. It would not be possible, without going through the records of proceedings in all the cases to state in what number of cases the landlord and the tenant, respectively, applied for inspection. The particulars showing the results of rehearings and appeals, and the difference per cent. between rents fixed by the Sub-Commissions and the Civil Bill Courts, and the rents fixed after rehearings and appeals, appear annually in the Appendices to the Reports of the Land Commission. In the report for the year ending 31st March, 1905, these particulars are shown at pages 54 to 67.