§ Mr. GINNELL
asked the Chief Secretary how the local solicitors of the Irish Land Commission are paid for their work in the recovery of arrears of annuities and of interest in lieu of rent; why they are not required to furnish accounts of the number of each class of cases dealt with by them each official year; and, if they do furnish such accounts, whether he will ascertain from them and state the number of annuitants and of payers of interest respectively, sued in the year ending 31st March, 1911?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The solicitors who act for the Land Commission in the local recovery of arrears of land purchase annuities and interest in lieu of rent are remunerated by the prescribed costs of court, which on the recovery of the debt are paid by the defaulter. The Land Commission do not require the solicitors to furnish them with the details of all their proceedings with regard to the cases placed in their hands, nor do they propose to do so,562W the Commissioners entire object being to obtain the prompt recovery of all arrears due.