§ MR. FELL (Great Yarmouth)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what was the population of Ireland at the date of the passing of the Landlord and Tenant (Ireland) Act, 1870, at the date of the passing of the Land Law (Ireland) Act, 1881, at the last Census, and the estimate of the population at the present time.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) According to the Census of 1871, the population of Ireland was 5,412,377. At the Census of 1881 it was 5,174,836. At the last Census, namely, 1901, it was 4,458,775; and the Registrar-General's estimate of the population in the middle of the present year is 4,387,887.