MR. MURNAGAN (Tyrone, Mid)
I deg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware an order was made in 1891 by the Land Judge's Court to sell the Ogilby Estate, in the county Tyrone, final notice and schedule being then served on the tenants; whether he is aware the tenants made application to the Court two years ago to purchase their holdings; will he explain why has the necessary valuation in response to the application not been made; and will steps be taken to hasten the sale of this estate to the tenants.
§ MR. ATKINSON (for Mr. G. W. BALFOUR)
The estate referred to is presumably the Omagh, not the Ogilby estate. I am informed by the solicitors having carriage of the sale that the incumbrancers objected to the sale being proceeded with in 1891. In February of last year, not two years ago, as stated in the second paragraph, application was made to the Land Judge on behalf of the tenants that the case should be listed under the 40th section of the Land Act of 1896. The case was accordingly listed, but the rental has not yet been finally settled. The case has been adjourned by the Land Judge until June next, before which date the solicitors hope the settlement of the rental will be completed.