HC Deb 10 May 1911 vol 25 c1207

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland why the Estates Commissioners perpetuate congestion where they find it by refusing to exercise the powers conferred upon them by Parliament for the purchase and distribution of non-residential lands where available; why, when vesting uneconomic holdings on the Pollard-Urquhart estate, Westmeath, they did not purchase and distribute the Coates and Fannon portion, which its trustees are willing to sell for that purpose; and whether they will now at once avail themselves of the opportunity for doing this, which cannot be expected to last?


The Estates Commissioners exercise their powers in all cases in which they consider it desirable to do so. As regards the estates referred to in the question I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given to his similar questions on 22nd March and 5th April, to which I have nothing to add.