HC Deb 27 June 1906 vol 159 cc939-40

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will get the Department of Agriculture to ascertain whether the tenant's occupation, interest, and improvements, when protected by the Land Act of 1881, have been sold at as high a price as the landlord's interest in the holding; and will the Department ascertain, for the information of this House and the guidance of the Estates Commissioners and their inspectors, what has been the average price of this tenant's property, in normal cases, in each county each year, during the last ten years, or at least since the Department was founded.


I am not prepared to ask the Department of Agriculture to go outside its proper sphere, and undertake enquiries in connection with the Land Act of 1903, the administration of which † See Col. 605–6. has been assigned by Parliament to the Estates Commissioners.