§ MR. GINNELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what is the practice of the Irish Land Commission in eases in which a vendor induces a tenant, as a condition of allowing him to purchase, to give a mortgage at high interest on his holding, and the so-called purchaser breaks down under the double load of annuity and interest and is evicted; do they offer such a person any redress; do they hold the vendor, when in the jurisdiction of Irish Courts, to any extent responsible; and what steps, if any, do they take to prevent such transactions.
§ MR. BIRRELL
So far as the Land Commission are aware no case of the kind has ever arisen on the sale of a holding for default. The disposal of the proceeds of such a sale is regulated by statute, and the question of redress cannot therefore arise. If any such-transaction were brought to the notice of the Estates Commissioners, prior to the completion of a sale under the Land Purchase Acts, they would fully investigate it and, if unfair dealing were proved, would refuse to sanction the sale.