§ MR. H. GARDNER (Essex, Saffron Walden)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the terms of the Reference to the Royal Commission on the Redemption of Tithes, or if it is intended to allow the Commissioners to inquire into cases of tithe rent-charge which are at present admitted to be excessive?
§ SIR M. HICKS BEACH
I am not prepared to state the precise terms of Reference to the Royal Commission on the question of the Redemption of Tithe. The question of the incidence of tithe rent-charge in certain parts of the country must come before the Commission.