HC Deb 26 February 1917 vol 90 c1709W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the Estates Commissioners consider it part of their duty to inquire into statements, for which a Member of this House assumes responsibility, to the effect that considerable portions of untenanted lands on a very small estate recently distributed by them were almost immediately lot to adjoining farmers who already hold large farms; and whether a statement that they have no information as to such allegations is to be taken as a discharge of their duties under Statute and to the public, in view of the fact that, owing to the holdings being allotted to only a small number of persons, the case, namely, Sir Harry Stewart's estate, county Donegal, could be investigated with extreme ease?


The Estates Commissioners make inquiries whenever they are furnished with the necessary particulars to enable them to identify the cases in which inquiry is desired or may be necessary. The inquiries which are being made as regards the Stewart estate, county Donegal, would be facilitated if the hon. Member would inform the Commissioners of the particular cases in which he wishes inquiry made.