HC Deb 07 August 1888 vol 329 c1851
MR. H. GARDNER (Essex, Saffron Walden)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether the expression "Official average price of corn," in the Reference to the Corn Average Committee, means the official average which governs the variation of the tithe rent-charge, or an average price of corn taken for purely statistical purposes?

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

The terms of the Reference to the Corn Average Committee were drafted by the hon. Member for Shropshire, who moved for that Committee, and can best be interpreted by him; but the hon. Member is doubtless aware, from the evidence given before the Committee, that these averages are taken for both the purposes stated in his Question.