In putting to the noble Earl the Lord President of the Council the Question of which I have given Notice, I wish distinctly to disclaim anything of a personal nature in it; and having learned, since coming into the House, that the Government have decided upon arranging this matter, I shall feel much obliged if the noble Earl will kindly state what the nature of that arrangement is. My Question is, Whether the dates for holding Quarter Sessions, Civil Bill and Land Courts, in the counties of Cavan and Leitrim, were fixed pursuant to Statute in the month of November last, for the present year; whether six weeks' notice of the holding of each such Sessions or Court is required by Statute, and whether several weeks' notice or previous service of process is required in cases of transfers of licences, equity civil bills, and land claims; whether the recent change of dates was ordered to meet the convenience of the public or that of the County Court Judge; and whether, as regards the county of Leitrim, the suitors in all these cases will not now be compelled to wait till the following Sessions, or else be driven to expensive proceedings in the Superior Courts?
§ LORD WAVENEY
said, the matter was one of grave importance; and great inconvenience was caused, as the noble Lord opposite had stated, and he was glad that the Question had been put.
§ EARL SPENCER
, in reply, said, the Irish Law Officers had recommended that an Order should be made at once restoring the dates fixed by the Order of last November. He trusted that that arrangement would meet the difficulty.
House adjourned at a quarter before Eight o'clock, till To-morrow, half past Ten o'clock.