§ MR. KENNEDY (Westmeath, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether, under the Land Bill introduced this session, tenants holding land under leases for longer terms than ninety-nine years or under fee farm grants, and who are excluded from the provisions of The Redemption of Rent (Ireland) Act, 1891, by reason of their rents being less than the full agricultural rent of such lands, will be entitled to obtain advances for the voluntary purchase of such holdings; and, if so, will the Land Commission in such cases have power to compulsorily redeem any head rents or other superior interests affecting such property.
§ (Answered by Mr. Atkinson.) Advances under the Land Purchase Acts can, and frequently have been made, to tenants holding under leases for longer terms than ninety-nine years or under fee farm grants, and the Bill does not propose to make any alteration of the law in this respect. It is not clear what is intended to be conveyed by the latter portion of the Question. I would refer the hon. Member to Section 31 of The Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1896, which gives power to redeem superior interests, and to the provisions of the Bill with respect to such interests.