HC Deb 02 August 1907 vol 179 cc1381-2

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Estates Commissioners have † See (4) Debates, clxxix., 129–130. made any arrangements to divide the demesne lands of Castlecaldwell, on the Bloomfield estate, county Fermanagh amongst neighbouring tenants; whether any scheme for division has been put forward by the parish priest; and will due regard be paid to the needs of Protestant small tenants, or any provision be made for providing evicted tenants in the district with new holdings on the untenanted lands of this demesne.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Estates Commissioners' inspector has inspected a portion of the lands referred to with a view to their being allotted amongst evicted tenants and the occupiers of small holdings, in the event of a sale to the Commissioners. The Commissioners are not aware that any scheme of division has been put forward by the parish priest. If the Commissioners should acquire the property they will, in allotting the land, pay due regard to the wants and circumstances of the tenants of small holdings irrespective of their religious belief, as to which no inquiry is made.