HC Deb 04 August 1904 vol 139 cc972-3

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, in view of the fact that on a representation being made to the Estates Commissioners or the Congested Districts Board that there are sufficient grazing lands on any estate to enlarge the holdings of tenants on that estate or a neighbouring one, or for the purpose of creating new holdings, these bodies communicate with the owner of such an estate with a view to entering into negotiations with him for the purchase of the same, whether he will at the commencement of the next session of Parliament lay upon the Table of the House a Return showing the number of representations made, the names of landlords interested, the number of years purchase asked by each landlord, the number offered by the Estates Commissioners or the Congested Districts Board and the number of cases where the intervention of these bodies will have resulted in the purchase of the estates and the consequent enlargement of the tenants' holdings.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) Returns have been laid on the Table showing very fully the operations of the Commissioners and the Congested Districts Board under the Act of 1903. These will be followed by further information to a later date, which will be published with the Annual Reports of the Commissioners and the Board, but I cannot undertake to say that the Reports will contain Returns in the form specified in the Question.