HC Deb 27 February 1912 vol 34 cc1324-5W

asked the Chief Secretary whether a memorial has been received by the Estates Commissioners, signed by fifty-eight small holders in the district whose average valuation does not exceed £7, requesting the Commissioners to refuse their sanction to the sale of the tenanted portion of Lord Castletown's estate at Grangetown, Queen's County, unless the untenanted land is sold to them for distribution amongst the uneconomic holders in the locality; and can he say what decision the Commissioners have arrived at in the matter?


The memorial referred to has been received and will be duly considered when the estate is being dealt with in its order of priority.


asked whether the Estates Commissioners have received applications from local people for the Barlow estate, situate at Drumrone, county Meath; and, if so, having regard to the fact that it is the only untenanted land likely to be available in the parish in which it is situate, their memorial will be considered in priority to the claims of outsiders?


The hon. Member presumably refers to the lands of Posseckstown, on the estate of Miss Margaret Isbella Barlow, county Meath. These lands, comprising some 154 acres of untenanted land, have been acquired by the Estates Commissioners, who have distributed same, and the parties concerned have been put in possession of the lands allotted to them. All applications received for allotments were fully considered before the lands were distributed by the Commissioners.