§ MR. KENDAL O'BRIEN (Tipperary, Mid.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that in the decisions of the Land Sub-Commissioners at their recent sitting at Roscrea the rents wore raised in some instances, and in others increased and fixed beyond the rents as reduced by voluntary abatements allowed by the landlords; will he say who were the Land Sub Commissioners responsible for the rent-fixing in these cases; were these appointments temporary; on what basis did they fix the new rents; and have they been re-appointed by the Irish Government.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) I have no information as to the matters of fact alleged in the Question. The decisions referred to were judicial decisions of a Sub-Commission Court duly constituted under the Land Law Acts, whose duty is, after hearing the parties and having regard to the interests of the landlord and tenant respectively, to determine what is the fair rent. The decisions were pronounced in open court and the results communicated to the respective parties, either of whom if aggrieved can have the case re-heard by the Land Commission Court of Appeal.