HC Deb 15 June 1882 vol 270 c1228

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If he will state what were the arrears in respect of the permanent income of £293,455 per annum of the Irish Church Fund on the 1st April 1881, and the arrears on the 1st April 1882; and, whether it is proposed by the Government to make any allowance, on the principle of the Arrears of Rent (Ireland) Bill, to the persons from whom this income, consisting of the tithe rent-charge, perpetuity rents, and interest on mortgage, is derived?


The arrears on the permanent income of the Irish Church Fund were, on the 1st of January, 1881, £156,000, and those on the 1st of January, 1882, are estimated at £148,000. These are accumulated arrears. I cannot admit the analogy implied in the latter part of the Question, and as yet no suggestion has been made for remission of the character indicated.