HC Deb 05 December 1906 vol 166 cc949-50
MR. GINNELL (Westmeath, N)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, having regard to the need that exists for the distribution of untenanted land for the relief of evicted tenants and of congestion, and the number of owners of largo tracts who have not consented to sell, he will, under Section 23. sub-section 8, of the Land Act of 1903, ask the Estates Commissioners to communicate without further delay with all owners of non residential tracts of over 100 acres with a view to acquiring such land wherever available, and, if sufficient cannot be obtained, dealing with the problem next session.


The Estates Commissioners inform me that they are at present fully engaged in communicating with the owners of untenanted land, and that it would be premature to draw any conclusion from the result of the negotiations which they have so far undertaken. I have already stated that I cannot at present make any statement as to possible legislation next session.