§ MR. O'SHAUGHNESSY
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the people of the county of Limerick object to the Estates Commissioners giving to any persons other than evicted tenants any of the untenanted lands purchased by them under the Land Act, 1903, while there is a number of evicted tenants in the county who cannot get back their own holdings wanting these lands, and also while the labourers of the county require allotments of them to enable them to live and so that they may not have to emigrate to foreign lands; and whether, under these circumstances, he will give directions to the Estates Commissioners that, before they plant any persons on the untenanted lands there, they will first provide for the evicted tenants and labourers of the county.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that in making advances for the purchase of parcels of 963 untenanted land in county Limerick, as elsewhere, they will have due regard to the circumstances of the particular case, and to the claims of the various classes of persons who are qualified to obtain advances for the purchase of such land.
§ * MR. BYLES (Salford, N.)
Having regard to the very copious supply of Questions respecting the Estates Commissioners, cannot the right hon. Gentleman now give a general assurance that the expectations he expressed in a recent debate that their proceedings would be accelerated will soon be realised?