§ MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)
asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, Whether he can state, by Provinces, how many of the 5,806 notices of eviction, filed up to the 31st of March last, are in respect of arrears of rent accrued before the year 1887? He hoped the hon. and learned Gentleman would understand that the notices referred to were issued under the 7th section of the land Act of last year.
§ THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. MADDEN) (Dublin University)
, in reply, said, that in order to obtain the information sought for in this Question, it would be necessary to examine in detail the papers in each of the cases in which notices had been issued. This would obviously be a work of considerable time and labour; and he was not, therefore, in a position to afford the hon. Gentleman the information desired.
§ MR. CONYBEARE (Cornwall, Camborne)
asked, whether the House was to understand that the hon. and learned Gentleman refused to undertake that labour, or merely that he had not time?
§ MR. MADDEN
said, he had been asked by the hon. Member to say whether he could give the information for which he asked. Of course, if any notice of a Return were put on the Paper in the usual way, it would be considered.