HC Deb 08 September 1887 vol 320 cc1669-70
MR. H. GARDNER (Essex, Saffron Walden)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether Her Majesty's Government have given any consideration ss to the desirability of appointing a Royal Commission on the Commutation and Redemption of Tithe?

MR. J. G. TALBOT (Oxford University)

also asked the right hon. Gen- tleman, Whether, considering the urgent necessity of settling the questions which have arisen with respect to the collection of tithe rent-charge, as instanced by the recent Report of the Commissioner appointed to investigate the disturbances in Wales, he will consider the desirability of recommending the appointment of a Royal Commission, which may facilitate the early passing of a measure calculated to determine a matter of grave importance to the well-being of the community?

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

In answer to the Questions of the two hon. Members, I beg to state that Her Majesty's Government have given further and careful consideration to the question of tithe; but they have come to the conclusion that, under present circumstances, it is not desirable that a Royal Commission to inquire into the question should be appointed.