§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in sales under the Irish Land Act, 1903, where the vendors or their agents have agreed to pay the land clerks of the estate offices one-half per cent, on the purchase money or one-sixth of the total amount of the land agency negotiation fees, he will ask the Treasury and the Estates Commissioners to arrange that the negotiation fees shall be paid to the negotiators within a reasonable time (say six months) from the date of signing of the purchase agreements, and not deferred until the payment of the purchase money, having regard to the fact that when sales take place under the Act some of these clerks lose their appointments and others have their salaries reduced.
§ MR. WALTER LONG
Under Section 23, Sub-section 12, of the Act, these fees can only be paid out of the purchase money when distributed. There is no other fund available for the purpose.