§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state the total number to date of land purchase transactions in County Clare, showing the number of tenants involved and the total amount of money advanced or for which agreements have been signed.
§ *MR. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners inform me that, as regards direct sales under the Act of 1903 in County Clare, purchase agreements have been lodged in respect of 3,601 holdings, comprised in 154 estates, the advances applied for amounting to £957,226. Of this amount, the sum of £170,562 has been advanced for the purchase of 667 holdings comprised in forty-three estates. Proceedings have also been instituted for the sale to the Commissioners of twenty-six estates, and they have so far entered into formal agreements for the purchase, for £79,471, of thirteen of these estates which are occupied by 195 tenants. In the case of eight of these estates the purchase money, amounting to £49,083 has been advanced, and the lands vested in the Commissioners.