§ 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 447 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.