§ MR. O'SHAUGHNESSY (Limerick, W.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can say what steps tenants on an estate may take to enable them to purchase their holdings where the lease under which the middle landlord holds from the head landlord has not a sufficient number of years to run to entitle him to sell under the Land Act, 1903.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) Where in the case of a sale of an estate, lands held by a middleman are in the exclusive occupation of one or more sub-tenants, and the provisions of Section 15 of the Irish Land Act, 1903, apply, the Estates Commissioners have power to redeem the intervening interest when dealing with the estate under that Act.