HC Deb 01 July 1908 vol 191 cc743-4

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury, in connection with the purchase of Inverliever, Argyllshire, for afforestation, what were the casualties the redemption of which was included in the price of £2,110, or 33 years' purchase, paid for the feu duty; what was the value placed upon these casualties by his Department; and who was the seller of the feu duty.

(Answered by Mr. Hobhouse.) The purchase from the Duke of Argyll for £2,110 was of certain rights of superiority in parts of the Inverliever estate and included feu duties payable to His Grace amounting to £62 19s. l0d. sterling, and certain casualties. The casualties are as to part untaxed, and a composition for this part would amount approximately to £380. As to a further part there is a question as to whether the composition is taxed at a nominal sum or not. If it is untaxed the amount would be about £45. The statutory rate for redeeming casualties is one-and-a-half times the highest casualty. The transaction was dealt with as a whole, and the Commissioners of Woods were advised that the price agreed upon was reasonable.