§ Mr. PATRICK WHITE
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman will state which provision of section 7 of the Irish Land Act of 1903 precludes the Estates Commissioners from acquiring compulsorily the farm from which Edward O'Brien, Scurlockstown, county Meath, was evicted, for the purpose of reinstating him; and whether the Estates Commissioners will cause further inquiries to be made, as, in the opinion of people conversant with all the circumstances of the case, his reinstatement in his former farm would not contravene any section of the Act of 1903?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the question asked by him on 21st June last. The Estates Commissioners have decided that they cannot acquire the lands in question compulsorily, having regard to the provisions of section 7 of the Evicted Tenants Act, 1907. Section 7 of the Act of 1903 does not affect the question.