§ MR. GINNELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state the total number of sales effected to tenants under the Land Purchase Acts prior to 1st November, 1903; the general average number of years' purchase advanced under those Acts; the number of cases in which the Land Commission refused to sanction the advance of the full purchase price at which the tenant had agreed to purchase their holdings; the total number 473 of sales sanctioned under the Act of 1903 to 1st November, 1908; the general average number of years' purchase sanctioned under this Act; and the number of cases in which the Estates Commissioners have refused to sanction the advance of the full purchase price at which tenants had agreed to purchase their holdings.
§ MR. BIRRELL
As regards the first part of this Question, the hon. Member will find the information he requires in the recently issued Irish Land Purchase Acts Return [Cd. 4412] and in the Returns moved for by the hon. Member for Cork and the hon. Member for North Cork which will shortly be laid on the Table. The Land Commission are unable to state in regard to proceedings prior to the Act of 1903, the number of cases in which they refused to sanction the full purchase money agreed to, but the cases so refused under the Act of 1903 by the Estates Commissioners will be found in Table 7 appended to their last Annual Report.