§ MR. LIDDELL (Down, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether, having regard to the fact that the Parliamentary Blue-book, Cd. 6935 (1893), set out the names and particulars of every evicted tenant then in Ireland, the Government will grant a Return in continuation of the above showing which of them and how many of them have since been reinstated, and which of them are now to be reinstated.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The Parliamentary Blue-book referred to gives the names of the evicted tenants on the seventeen Plan-of-Campaign estates, but the hon. Member will find that it does not give the names of the 2,755 tenants then reported to have been evicted from other estates in Ireland. The Estates Commissioners' Report on evicted tenants, which was recently laid on the Table, shows the present position of the Plan-of-Campaign estates referred to. It is not considered feasible or desirable to give a Return such as the hon. Member asks for.
In view of the Bill that the Government are about to introduce, does the right hon. Gentleman not think this information would be most valuable to the House to enable it to judge of the merits of the measure?