§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
To ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether any modification of the rules for the paying out of guarantee deposits in the case of the sale of estates under the Ashbourne Act, have been made; and, if 26 so, when these modifications came into force, or were they altered under the subsequent rules.
(Answered by Mr. Cherry) The release of guarantee deposits retained in the case of sales under the Purchase Acts, 1885 and 1888, is now governed by the 68th Section of The Irish Land Act, 1903, which repeals Sub-section 3 of Section 29 of the Act of 1896, and enables, the Irish Land Commission to pay out to the person entitled the whole, or part of any guarantee deposit so retained under these Acts, in the same manner as if they had been retained under The Purchase of Land Act, 1891. Order XV. of the Rules of the Land Commission of 4th December, 1903, merely rescinds the previous rule in reference to such guarantee deposits having regard to the change in the law. This is the only modification of which I am aware.