§ 57. Mr. DORIS
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he can state whether Mr. Walter Joyce refused to sell to the Congested Districts Board his congested estate at Breaghy, Castlebar, county Mayo, on which there is an untenanted grazing farm of 200 acres that would enable the Board to enlarge the uneconomic holdings of the tenants; has Mr. Joyce complied with the Tillage Regulations with respect to this untenanted land; and if not, will he say what steps the Department of Agriculture has taken against Mr. Joyce for non-compliance with these Regulations, and to have a tenth of the farm tilled or let for tillage?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Duke)
The Congested Districts Board communicated with Mr. Joyce's solicitor in reference to a sale to the Board of the estate at Breaghy referred to, and were informed that the owner was unwilling to negotiate except on a cash basis. The voluntary purchase of estates under the Irish Land Act, 1909, can only be accomplished by a payment of Land Stock, and the Board took no further action in the matter, as they were not then in a position to acquire the estate compulsorily. I am informed that there are over 200 acres of untenanted land on the property, and that Mr. Joyce is arranging to comply with the compulsory Tillage Regulations. He has estates in the counties of Clare, Galway, and Mayo, and he is at liberty to carry out the total cultivation for which he is liable on any one or two of these estates.
Mr. DUNDAS WHITE
In cases like this, where there is unused land in Ireland, is it not possible to proceed under the Defence of the Realm Act?
I have not made the mistake which the right hon. Gentleman supposes. What I want to know is—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"]