§ MR. JASPER MORE(for Mr. T. W. RUSSELL) (Tyrone, S.) (Shropshire, Ludlow)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is true that the estates of the late Sir N. M. Verner, in Tyrone, Monaghan, and Armagh, have been sold to the tenants under the Land Purchase Act, a portion of last year's rent being included in the purchase money; whether, since the contract for sale was completed, the Trustee of the Estates has brought a large number of ejectments for arrears of rent against some of the tenants, and served summonses in the case of others, against whom ejectment decrees have already been obtained; and, whether such proceedings are in conformity with the provisions of the Land Purchase Act; and, if he will direct the attention of the Commissioners to the action of this Trustee?
THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALEOUR) (Manchester, E.)
The Land Commissioners report that no agreements for the sale of the estate named have been lodged in their Office, nor have they any knowledge of the ejectment proceedings referred to. I have received a letter this morning from the Trustee of the Estate; and I shall be glad to show it to the hon. Member if he desires to see it.