HC Deb 28 April 1908 vol 187 cc1099-100
SIR RANDAL CREMER (Shoreditch, Haggerston)

I wish to ask the hon. Member for the Crewe Division, as Ecclesiastical Commissioner, whether the Commissioners, when refusing to renew leases of their property, are under any statutory obligation to compensate publicans, shopkeepers, manufacturers, or any other persons, who may be doing a profitable business, at the expiration of their leases; and, if they are under no statutory obligation to do so, whether it is customary for the Commissioners voluntarily to compensate those whose business may suffer or be ruined by the non-renewal of their leases.

MR. TOMKINSON (Cheshire, Crewe)

The Commissioners are not under any special obligation to pay compensation. They are in the same position as other owners of real property, and it is not their practice to give compensation for the non-renewal of leases.

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