HC Deb 29 July 1907 vol 179 cc446-7
MR. MEAGHER (Kilkenny, N.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that every purchaser under The Land Purchase Act, 1903, has by statutory rights his title registered free of charge; whether the local registration of titles office issues the land certificate of the purchase to the Land Commission only after payment to him of a fee of 10s.; why is such a fee charged; and whether he will direct that it will be no longer levied.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) Since 1891 the titles of all purchasing tenants have been registered under statute free of charge. If, however, the purchaser demands a certificate of title he is charged a fee of 10s. in accordance with the schedule of fees prescribed under statute, but the procurement of such a certificate is entirely optional. Under the Act of 1903 purchasers from the Land Commission or the Congested Districts Board are relieved from the payment of a fee for a certificate of title. I have no power to direct any alteration in the scale of fees.