§ MR. JAMES O'CONNOR, (Wicklow, W.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that, owing to a deadlock in the negotiations for the purchase by the tenants of the estate of Mr. Westley, High Park, Kiltegan, County Wicklow, the Estates Commissioners were appealed to by the tenants to intervene as arbitrators, and that the landlord declined† Irish Departments (Cost, Income, and Expenditure.) Return showing, for the latest financial year, the cost, income from all sources, and expenditure of each of the eight Irish Departments proposed to be placid under the control of the Irish Council, and the total; the cost, income from all sources, and expenditure of each of all the Irish Departments not proposed to be placed under that control, and the total; the total payments and expenditure for and in connection with land by the Congested Districts Board, the Land Commission, and the Estates Commissioners, respectively, with monetary return or set-off, if any; the total amount paid as bonus under the Land Act of 1903; and the total net loss incurred under each heading of loss under that Act from the 1st day of November, 1903, to the latest date for which the figures are available.1305 to agree to arbitration; will he say whether the landlord stated to the Commissioners the grounds of his refusal, and whether the Commissioners propose to take any stops towards effecting a sale of this estate to the tenants.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) At the request of the tenants the Estates Commissioners approached the owner of the estate, offering their services as conciliators under the Lord-Lieutenant's regulations. In reply they were informed that the owner did not at present desire their intervention, but no reasons were given. In the circumstances the Commissioners cannot take any further action in the matter at present.