§ MR. GINNELL (Westmeath, N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will give the names and counties of the ninety estates in the Court of the Land Judge for which the Estates Commissioners after inspection refused to make an offer, with the reason for the refusal in each case.
(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) This Question appears to have been asked under a misapprehension. In their last annual Report the Estates Commissioners, referring to estates for sale in the Land Judge's Court, make the following remark: During the period inspections were made of ninety estates, in three of which the Commissioners refused, after inspection, to make an offer. The three estates are:—(1) Francis G. Foster and others, trustees of John Wray, deceased, county Tyrone. The Commissioners declined to make an offer for the purchase of this estate, as less than three-fourths of the tenants in rateable value were willing to sign undertakings to purchase at the estimated price. (2) William Dopping and Antony John Dopping, county Westmeath. In June 1905 the Estates Commissioners refused to make an offer for this estate, having regard to the character of the holdings. They recently reconsidered the matter, and in October of this year made an offer for the estate, which is at present under the consideration of the Land Judge. (3) Jeremiah Dunne, Queen's County. This property was inspected, but the Commissioners decided, in the special circumstances of the property, and in the exercise of their discretion, that they would not make an offer for it.