§ MR. MENZIES (Lanarkshire, S.)
To ask the Secretary for Scotland, in view of the action of the heritors of Stone-house, in Lanarkshire, again relieving themselves of part of the expense of building a parish manse by imposing it upon the small feuars and leaseholders (under Section 11 of the Ecclesiastical Assessments (Scotland) Act, 1900), whether he will take any action in the matter by repealing that Act, or otherwise, in order to relieve these poor people of a tax for a church in which, for the most part, they have no interest.
(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) As my honourable friend is aware, the terms of a Resolution moved by the Member for East Edinburgh, which was debated in this House in February of last year, indicated the direction in which legislation is desirable, and was assented to by the Government. I am unable, however, at the present moment to give any undertaking as to legislation.