§ Mr. REDDY
asked the Chief Secretary when A. S. Lough was appointed an inspector in the Estates Commissioners' 1528W Department; what is his present salary; is he paid any allowances; where has he been working for the years 1909–10 and 1911; will he say how many evicted tenants this gentleman has been instrumental in reinstating; were any of them given grants, and, if so, how much; and can he say the number of non-Catholics reinstated by this inspector?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners inform me that Mr. Lough was appointed an inspector in 1907. His present salary is £500 per annum, which includes subsistence allowance. During the period mentioned in the question he has been principally engaged in the counties of Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Lei-trim, and Monaghan. The work in connection with the reinstatement of evicted tenants is part of the work of the general staff of the Commissioners, and it is not possible to say how many cases have been dealt with by any one inspector. The approval of applicants for reinstatement is solely within the discretion of the Commissioners, who have no knowledge of their religious beliefs.