§ MR. VINCENT KENNEDY (Cavan, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state when exactly in the normal course of a sale under the 1903 Land Act the Estates Commissioners give their decision as to whether or not the property proposed to be dealt with is an estate, 1699 distinguishing, if necessary, between direct and indirect sales; whether there has been any change in this practice; and, if so, when.
§ MR. BIRRELL
Having regard to the decision in the case of Weir's estate, the Commissioners do not now provisionally declare lands to be an estate. The declaration is made when the Commissioners have completed their inquiries and before the lands are vested in the tenants, and the purchase money advanced.