HC Deb 18 June 1891 vol 354 c788
MR. T. ELLIS (Merionethshire)

I beg to ask the right hon. Member for the university of Oxford (Sir J. Mowbray) whether he can state whether Messrs. Palmer and Rains, who on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of June visited farms in the parish of Towyn, county of Merioneth, for the purpose of distraining upon farm produce, collected tithe rent-charge for the general income of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners or for the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry?

SIR J. MOWBRAY (Oxford University)

The rent-charge of Towyn was part of the ancient endowment of the See of Lichfield. A large portion has already been annexed to livings in the district. The remainder is included in the General Fund of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, which are charged with the payment of the Bishop's income. Arrears to the extent of about £200 were due on January 1, and Messrs. Palmer and Rains did visit farms in the parish last week for the purpose of recovering such arrears.