§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH (Fermanagh, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, so far back as April, 1904, Mr. C. E. Crean, of Ballyhaunis, county Mayo, endeavoured to avail himself of Section 2 of the Land Purchase Act of 1891, but was informed by the Secretary of the Irish Land Commission that he could not do so as no rules had been made under the section, can he say if the necessary rules have yet been made; and, if not, will he take steps to have it made possible for purchasers to take advantage of the section, as large numbers of them are now desirous of doing at once.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The fact is as stated in the first part of the Question. No rules have yet been made, but I 376 understand that the Treasury is in communication with the departments concerned on the subject.