HC Deb 05 December 1906 vol 166 cc956-7
MR. HOGAN (Tipperary, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, if he will lay upon the Table of the House the correspondence which passed between the solicitor for the Rev. Marshall Vincent, at Rapla, near Nenagh, county Tipperary, and the solicitors for the purchasing tenants on the estate, which the Estates Commissioners declared to justify them in making the holdings of nine purchasing tenants a separate estate and in excluding from the sale the holdings of four tenants whose families have been on the estate for generations; if he can say on what grounds were these holdings excluded; and whether, as these four tenants are, and have been, willing to buy their holdings on the same terms as the others, the Estates Commissioners will not sanction the sale of this estate without having all the tenants included if they have not yet paid over the purchase money of the nine holdings to the landlord.


I beg to refer the hon. Member to my Answer to his Question on this subject on 16th May last. † The Estates Commissioners inform me that the purchase money of the estate sold has been paid over, and it is not now possible to re-open the matter. The Commissioners were satisfied at the time of the sale that the vendor has made a reasonable offer to the four tenants who were unwilling to purchase, and the Commissioners did not think it desirable to stop the sale to nine tenants who desired to purchase because of the unwillingness of the remaining four tenants to accept the vendor's offer. The declaration of the estate is a matter within the Commissioners' discretion. It is not-considered necessary or desirable to lay upon the Table the correspondence referred to in the Question.


Is there any secrecy about this correspondence to prevent its being laid?


I do not know what is in it, but the Estates Commissioners say it would not be proper to lay it.