§ Mr. GINNELL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he will state the number of land purchase annuitants and payers of interest in lieu of rent, respectively, against whom the Land Commission have instituted proceedings this season for the recovery of arrears?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
The number of payers of land purchase annuities on the books of the Land Commission in respect of instalments due on 1st May and 1st June last was 142,016. The number of payers of interest in lieu of rent on the books in respect of the gale due 1st May last was 173,785; 5,403 of the former and 4,990 of the latter were included in the schedules for proceedings in the different courts in Ireland for the recovery of arrears, but experience has shown us that a very large proportion of these persons will pay the amount due before the issue of any process.