§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, in cases of sale under the Land Act of 1903, the Estates Commissioners do not collect the interest accruing before the issue of the vesting order where the sale takes place under Form H; and, if so, what is the cause of this departure from the ordinary procedure.
(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) Form H has reference to the sale by the vendor, to any of the classes of purchasers enumerated in Sections 2 and 4, of a parcel of land at the time of the agreement for sale in the occupation of the vendor; and the seventh paragraph of the form provides that the purchaser is to be put in possession on a day not later than the day of the advance. The 35th Section of the Land Act of 1896 does not apply to such cases. Whenever the vendor puts the purchaser into possession arrangements may be made between them for the payment of interest pending the making of the advance, but such interest is not collectible by the Land Commission.