HC Deb 22 May 1905 vol 146 cc972-3

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if the Estates Commissioners, when purchasing grass farms, always consider the case of the herds on the farms; and if he could state, even roughly, how many herds have been made proprietors, and how much land, on an average, such herd has obtained.


The Commissioners endeavour to provide for herds when allotting parcels of the untenanted lands upon which they have been employed, provided they come within the classes of persons entitled to advances. It is estimated roughly that about thirty-seven herds have been so provided for. The area allotted to each varies in accordance with the quality of the land and the size of the farm upon which the herd has been employed. Approximately the acreage varies from sixteen to twenty acres, and the average purchase money would be about £500.