HC Deb 22 February 1904 vol 130 c570
MR. O'SHEE (Waterford, W.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will say what steps have been taken by the Land Commission in reference to inquiries as to whether accommodation for labourers is needed on any estates for the purchase of which applications have been made to them for advances under the Irish Land Act, 1903; on how many estates have such inquiries been made up to the 1st instant; in how many cases has a scheme been framed under Section 96; and whether a copy of the Report of the Land Commission in reference to such accommodation on any estate can be obtained on application.


The inspectors are instructed to make the inquiries contemplated by Section 96. Such inquiries have been made to the present date in the case of fifty-three estates. On one estate the accommodation for labourers is reported to be insufficient, but no scheme has yet been framed by the Estates Commissioners. It would be contrary to established practice to publish these Reports, which, being departmental, are regarded as confidential; but I am considering whether the results of the investigations can be published in a summarised form.