§ MR. GINNELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland do the Estates Commissioners hold that they have no discretion as regards price when they find that a purchasing tenant has been despoiled of money and means under writs for arrears of rent, that the price has been calculated upon that rent, that it is within the zones, that the agreement was signed in that condition of embarrassment, and that owing to the high price and the purchaser's want of means they would not sanction the transaction if free from the compulsion of the zones.
My right hon. and learned friend has already informed the hon. Member that if a holding which is held under a judicial tenancy is included in lands declared by the Estates Commissioners to be an "estate" for the purposes of the Act, then, provided the price comes within the zones, the Commissioners hold that they have no discretion as to the price, and are bound to make the advance. If, however, the purchasing tenant should allege that the agreement was entered into under duress, and the Commissioners should find such to be the fact, they will, in the exercise of their powers, refuse to act upon the agreement.