§ MR. HALPIN (Clare, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the tenants on the MacDonnell estate at Kilkee, county Clare, signed purchase agreements last February; that in 616 August they paid rent and interest at the rate of 3½ per cent. up to May 1906, and at present they have paid rent and interest from May to November at the same rate, viz., 3½ per cent., and whether, seeing that the landlord has been paid off in September, and that still the lands are not vested in the tenants, and that consequently they will have to pay 3½ per cent. instead of 3¼, he will make inquiries as to the reason the lands are not vested in the tenants.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. BRYCE,) Aberdeen, S.
The Estates Commissioners inform me that some delay in this case was unavoidably caused by the intervention of the summer vacation, but the work of vesting the holdings in the tenants is now being proceeded with as rapidly as possible.