§ MR. DELANY
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Estates Commissioners have been able to identify the estate of the Commissioners of Endowed Schools, Ireland, situate at Cappaloughlin, Clonard, Mountrath, Queen's County; whether agreements have been signed by the tenants thereon for purchase of their holdings: whether he can say if a minority of the tenants have withdrawn from the sale; and will their complaints be inquired into before the sale is sanctioned.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) I am informed by the Commissioners of Education in Ireland that the majority of their tenants at Cappaloughlin have expressed their willingness to purchase on the terms offered by the Commissioners, but a minority have so far not agreed to the terms. No agreements for purchase have yet been signed, and consequently the matter has not come before the Estates Commissioners. If, however, proceedings for the sale of part only of the estate should come before the Estates Commissioners, they inform me that, before sanctioning the advances applied for, they will make inquiries as to the grounds upon which part of the estate is excluded from the sale.