§ MR. NOLAN (Louth, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that Mr. Roberts, one of the Sub-Commissioners under the Land Law (Ireland) Act, and member of a Court held in Ardee last month, was, during the week, the guest of a Mr. Lee Norman, a local landlord interested in some of the cases tried before the Court; and, whether he will issue instructions to the Sub-Commissioners not to accept hospitality from people who are parties to proceedings in their Courts?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I assume that this is a repetition of the question placed on the Paper for the 18th of July, but not then asked by the hon. Member. The Land Commissioners then reported that Mr. Roberts had informed them that he has never been inside Mr. Lee Norman's house, as alleged in the question. Mr. Lee Norman's name did not appear in any way on the list of cases for hearing at Ardee in July before the Sub-Commission, of which Mr. Roberts was a member. The Commissioners have always been most particular in requiring that Assistant Commissioners should not accept of hospitality from anybody while on Circuit, and a rule to this effect has been in operation for years.