§ MR. J.P. FARRELL (Longford, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will give a Return showing the order of priority in which applications for sales of estates to tenants in county Longford now stand; how many applications have been altogether received; and in how many cases inspection has been ordered.
§ MR. BIRRELL
The Estates Commissioners have received applications for the sale of eighty-seven estates in county Long ford, and inspections have been made in the case of forty-four of these estates. The Estates Commissioners are not prepared to give a Return showing the order of priority of application in the different cases. If it were given in the case of one county it could not be withhold in others, and as there are nearly 4,000 estates in all, the preparation of Returns would involve an immense amount of labour for which there would be no commensurate result.