§ Mr. HAYDEN
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that upon the estate of the Rev. Robert Roe, situate in the parish of Moore, county Roscommon, there are five vacant farms from which the tenants were evicted; that these farms are now unoccupied and wholly unproductive; that the evicted tenants are in the locality and anxious for reinstatement; that on the occasion of their eviction they made an offer which the district inspector of police, who was present, declared should have been accepted; and whether, in view of the present necessities of the country for increased food supply, he will communicate with the landlord or with his agent, Mr. H. D. M. Barton, the Bush, Antrim, in order to bring about a reinstatement of these tenants?
§ Mr. DUKE
I am informed that there are seven evicted farms on the Roe estate, and that all the evicted persons have stock grazing on their former holdings except in one case where the evicted tenant tills a portion. The district inspector referred to in the question is now serving in the Army, and it is not possible to verify the statement made in the question with regard to him. I cannot undertake to communicate with the landlord or the agent of the estate.