HC Deb 27 April 1876 vol 228 cc1758-9

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether it is the intention of the Government to issue a corrected edition of the list of holders of land in England and Wales designated the Domesday Book; and, if not, whether, lest the book should in future years become a reputed schedule of the areas of land held by individual owners at this time in the several counties, he will state that it does not profess to be an authority or any evidence as to the legal title to or ownership of land, and that it assumes to be no more than a compilation from the rate books of England and Wales, has been already found to contain numerous errors?


in reply, said, there was no intention of issuing a cor- rected edition of the list of holders of land in England and Wales; but a record had been made of the corrections which had been sent in to the office, in case it should hereafter be deemed expedient to issue a supplementary statement. The Return was only a compilation from the various rate books of England and Wales; and inasmuch as they had never been relied upon as evidence of legal title, so far as he was aware, the hon. Gentleman might feel assured that no evidence of title or ownership could possibly be rested upon the statements in this Return.