§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what rules the Estates Commissioners have made to ensure that bogus new tenancies are not created when estates are being sold so as to prevent advances being granted to persons who are not bona fide, tenants, evicted tenants, or proper cases so recognised by the Purchase Act.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) If a tenancy has been created since 1st January, 1901, the forms prescribed by the rules of the Estates Commissioners require the fact to be disclosed, and the inspectors are instructed in such cases to specially report whether they are of opinion that the limit of £500 advance imposed by Section 53 should be exceeded and to state their reasons, having regard to the wants and circumstances of other persons residing in the neighbourhood. For that purpose all information available in the office as to evicted tenants or otherwise is placed at their disposal.