HC Deb 27 August 1886 vol 308 cc660-1
MR. THOMAS ELLIS (Merionethshire)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the farmers of Llanarmon and similar upland parishes in Wales are suffering most heavily from a fall of nearly fifty per cent, in the price of cattle and dairy produce; whether, out of a population of 1,681 in the parish of Llanarmon, only forty or fifty attend the ministrations of the tithe-receiver; and, whether he will take the necessary measures for protecting these hill farmers, who support their own form of religious worship, from the annoyance of peremptory distraint for tithe.


In reply to the hon. Member I have to say that I have no information at the Home Office which would show me that agricultural depression is more severely felt in Wales than in other parts of the United Kingdom, and I have no means of ascertaining what percentage of the population of Llanarmon attend the ministrations of the tithe receiver. I have further to say that I have neither the intention nor the power to interfere with the ordinary process by which legal claims to tithe are enforced.