§ MR. DONAL SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will inquire of the Irish Estates Commissioners what is the cause of the delay in their inspectors visiting a number of estates for sale and evicted farms in South Westmeath; and if he will press on the Commissioners the urgency of making a speedy inquiry.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Estates Commissioners inform me that such delay as has occurred in inquiring into the applications of evicted tenants in Westmeath is due to the very large number of such cases which have to be inquired into in all parts of the country. Seven applicants from Westmeath have already been reinstated. An additional staff of inspectors for the purposes of these inquiries has recently been appointed, and the Commissioners intend to have the outstanding applications from Westmeath inquired into as soon as possible.