HC Deb 21 March 1904 vol 132 cc224-5
MR. SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the efforts of some landlords to create new tenancies for the purposes of sale in persons having hitherto no connection with their estates, including pensioners; whether such sales at the present price of Consols will cause considerable loss to the Irish ratepayers by the depletion of the Development Grant; and if the Government will therefore instruct the Estates Commissioners to reject applications for advances made by outsiders so long as Consols are below par.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) In all cases of tenancies created since January, 1901, the Estates Commissioners require a special report from their inspectors, and no advances exceeding the limit of £500 mentioned in Section 53 are made without due regard to the wants and circumstances of other persons residing in the neighbourhood.