§ MR. FLAVIN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state whether the Irish Government or the Estates Commissioners have issued any instructions whereby cottiers or sub-tenants occupying agricultural holdings are debarred from negotiating or purchasing their holdings under the Land Purchase Act of 1903; and, if not, can he say whether a sub-tenant or a cottier have the right to purchase their holdings when an estate is being sold of which their holdings form a part.
§ MR. WALTER LONG
The only tenants who can purchase under the Purchase Acts are tenants in occupation. Under the 15th Section of the Act the Estates Commissioners have power to declare that a sub-tenant, to whom the tenant has let portion of the holding, shall be deemed to be the tenant of that portion so as to enable the sub-tenant to purchase. Paragraphs 15 and 19, Part 1, of the instructions of the 9th February last deal with this matter.