HC Deb 03 May 1904 vol 134 cc256-7

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will say when the Annual Return of the Land Commission for the year ending 31st March, 1904, will be published; how many estates were sold by the Land Judge under Section 40 of the Land Act of 1896 since the new Land Act of 1903 came into force; end how many estates have appeared each week on the Land Judge's list for sale under that section since the Land Act of 1903 came into force.


The Annual Report of the Commissioners for the year 1903–4 will, it is expected, be ready for presentation to Parliament in July or August next. The interim Returns of proceedings under the Act of 1903, which I have undertaken to lay shortly on the Table, will contain information in respect of sales in the Land Judge's Court.

MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford)

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why this Report will not be ready till July or August? Does he not recognise the importance of our having it in time to discuss it on the Estimates?


I do not think it has ever been laid before the Estimates were taken.


Under the peculiar circumstances now obtaining, will the right hon. Gentleman endeavour to lay the Report in time for us to discuss it.


I will see what can be done.