§ MR. R. POWER (Waterford)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he would take into consideration to afford relief, by extension of time for the payment of tithe rent-charge in Ireland, to persons who could show that 453 they had not received the rents due for the gales in which tithe rent-charge was now claimed, or to accept payment thereof pro rata on the rent actually received?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HENRY H. FOWLER) (Wolverhampton, E.)
The Land Commissioners do, in fact, extend time for payment to all payers of tithe rent-charge who satisfy them that they have not received their rents, and that they are not postponing their rent-charge—which is the first charge on the land except Crown and quit rent—to puisne charges. Other cases are examined on their merits, and such relief is given as the Commissioners think is required by the circumstances of the case; and I think that it is not desirable to alter the present system.