HC Deb 17 July 1899 vol 74 cc1000-1

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture if he will state the amounts which will be deducted from the sums payable to the Counties of Devonshire, Exeter, Plymouth, and Devonport, respectively, out of the. Local Taxation Grant under the Tithe Rent-charge (Rates) Bill.


The share of the counties and county boroughs named in a sum of £87,000 distributed in the proportion of what are known as the "discontinued grants" would amount to £1,297, £123, £183, and £100, respectively.

MR. STUART-WORTLEY (Sheffield, Hallam)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the Sheffield City Council are correct in estimating that the effect of the Tithe Rent-charge (Rates) Bill will be to diminish the amount receivable by Sheffield in aid of the rates to the extent of about £700 per annum, none of which will, under the Bill, be receivable by Sheffield clergy.


The share of Sheffield in a sum of £87,000 distributed on the basis of the "discontinued grants" is £686. I cannot say definitely what operation the Bill would have so far as the incumbents of benefices within the borough are concerned, but my impression is that in the case of one of the townships some little relief will be given. In most of the others land appears to have been allotted in lieu of tithes prior to 1836; but whether the land is rateable, and if so, on what basis, I have no means of knowing.