§ Mr. GUINEY
asked the Chief Secretary if he will ascertain from the Estates Commissioners the number of holdings in Cork county for which agreements to purchase have been lodged, but not inspected, previous to the passing of the Land Act of 1909; how many estates in county Cork, purchased under the Act of 1903, have been inspected since the Land Act of 1909 became operative; and on how many estates in the same county have agreements to purchase been lodged under the Act of 1909, and the number inspected and vested?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners inform me that direct sale agreements under the Irish Land Act, 1903, to purchase 18,196 holdings in county Cork were lodged in the Land Commission on or before the 15th September, 1909 (the date mentioned in Section 13 of the Irish Land Act, 1909), and of this number 6,624 were vested in the purchasing tenants before and 408 since the passing of the Act. Direct sale agreements under the Act of 1909 for the purchase of 492 holdings in county Cork have been lodged, and of this number 40 have been vested to date. These 492 holdings include 242 situate on 17 estates, for the sale of which proceedings were instituted since the passing of the Act of 1909. The records of the Land Commission are not kept in such a form as to give by counties the other information asked for in the question.