§ MR. HAVILAND BURKE (King's County, Tullamore)
To ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he is aware that the tenants on the Wolseley Estate, Cloneygowan, King's County, offered to purchase their holdings at nineteen years purchase for first-term and non-judicial rents, and twenty-one and a-half years purchase for second-term rents; that this offer was accepted at the sale of the estate in the Land Judge's Court on the 27th of October last; and 780 that when about to sign the final agreements some of the tenants were called upon to agree to terms in excess of the Land Judge's Court's decision by from one year's to two years purchase; and, if so, whether he will take steps to secure that the decision of the Court shall be binding on the vendors.
(Answered by Mr. Atkinson.) The Land Judge, when approving of the sale to the tenants, directed that certain sums should be paid by them in respect of arrears of rent, and indicated that application should be made to the Land Commission to increase the advances accordingly. The Land Commission are prepared to increase the advances to the required, extent if the tenants make the necessary application.