§ 6. Colonel Sir A. HOLBROOK
asked the Chief Secretary if he is able to give an assurance that the explicit pledges given to Irish landowners with regard to the completion of purchase will be fulfilled; and, as no pronouncement has been made regarding the Government's pledges in connection with the terms of the recent Treaty with the Irish Free State, and serious loss will be incurred by Irish landowners if any delay occurs, can he state when a settlement may be anticipated?
§ Sir H. GREENWOOD
I cannot at the moment add anything to the replies which. I gave to questions on this subject addressed to me by the hon. and gallant Member for Maidstone (Commander Bellairs) and the hon. and learned Member for York (Sir J. Butcher) on the 9th and 16th February, respectively, namely, that the question of land purchase is at present under consideration and will be a matter for consultation with the Provisional Government; but I can assure the hon. and gallant Member that the statements previously made by Members of His Majesty's Government, and the considerations to which he refers in the latter part of his question, are not being lost sight of.