HC Deb 22 March 1887 vol 312 c1145
MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Whether the middleman system of letting the land prevails on other portions of the Duchy Estates than the 6,000 acres in the North Hiding hold by a gentleman residing near Pickering; and, if so, how many acres are so let; and, how many middlemen are there as tenants of the Duchy?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

(who replied) said: The practice of the Duchy has for many years past been to get rid of the old system of middlemen, and at Lady Day next there will only remain four such tenants of about 2,900 acres.