§ MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state the number of evicted tenants in the county Wicklow; how many evicted tenants have applied for reinstatement since January, 1904; and how many of these have been restored to their holdings, and how many have been provided with alternative farms.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners are not able to state the number of evicted tenants in County Wicklow, but since the passing of the Act of 1903 applications for reinstatement have been received from 128 persons describing themselves as evicted tenants of holdings situate in that country. Of these applications, fifty-eight have been rejected by the Commissioners for various reasons, and forty-one applicants have been noted as suitable to be provided with holdings, of whom seven have been reinstated or provided with holdings, and the other cases are being dealt with as rapidly as possible. Twenty-nine applications remain to be considered by the Commissioners.