§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord- Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that almost the entire barony of Longford, comprising the parishes of Killoe, Drumlish, and Ballinamuck, Dromard and Cullumbkille are congested areas, the laud of which is mostly mountain and bog and the valuations of the holdings of which are small; whether he is aware that portions of county Leitrim which lie along this barony, and are scheduled, are, in places, better land than the lands of the parishes mentioned; and, with a view to relieving congestion and helping a thrifty class of peasants to better conditions of living, will he take care that evidence from this part of county Longford will be heard before the Commission on congestion just appointed.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) I have no information as to the condition of the districts referred to in the Question. The Royal Commission on congestion is prepared to consider any application which may be made to them as to taking evidence from any particular district, or holdings sittings in any particular place.