§ MR. JAMES O'KELLY (Roscommon, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that three years ago the contract was entered into for the sale of the estate of Stanley V. Coote, Esq., Elphin, Roscommon, to the tenants under the Land Act, that the cash to be paid to the landlord has not yet been advanced, and that consequently the sale remains incomplete; and whether, seeing that the cash necessary to complete the sale in the case of the King-Harman estate has been found some time ago, he will say whether there is any special reason for the delay 805 in settling the Coote estate, which was listed at the same time as the other.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. BIRRELL,) Bristol, N.
The purchase agreements in this case were lodged two and a half years ago. The advances would, in the ordinary course, have been made before now, but there has been some delay in connection with the allotment of turbary for the use of the purchasing tenants. Arrangements are now being made as regards turbary, and as soon as these are completed the Commissioners will be in a position to make the advancess.