§ MR. R. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, when the Tithes Bill, now before the House, becomes law, the plate, pictures, and furniture, and personal effects of a landowner will be liable to be distrained 1524 upon for tithes; and whether, if such is the case, he will be willing to introduce into the Bill a clause providing that nothing but agricultural produce shall be subject to distraint for tithe?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH, Bristol, W.)
The question can only relate to tithe rent-charge due from an occupying owner. The Bill now before the House makes no alteration in the law as to the goods which are liable to distraint for tithe rent-charge, and I do not propose to make any alteration in that law. I cannot give an authoritative exposition of what the law is; but I may say that, if the owner of the land liable to tithe rent-charge were fortunate enough to be possessed of plate and pictures, and he was distrained on for tithe rent-charge, they might be in considerable danger.