HC Deb 06 November 1918 vol 110 c2181

A tithe rent-charge, notwithstanding that it exceeds twenty shillings, shall, except in exceptional circumstances, on the application of the owner of the land charged therewith, and without the consent of the owner of the rent-charge, be directed to be redeemed under and in accordance with the Tithe Acts, 1836 to 1891, as amended by this Act.


I beg to move, after the word "shall" ["twenty shillings shall"], to leave out the words, "except in exceptional circumstances."

This and the next two Amendments are really drafting Amendments intended to meet the suggestion of the right hon. Baronet the Member for East Bristol (Sir C. Hobhouse). The words that I proposed on the spur of the moment did not appear to me to be particularly happy, and they are altered now. I think this Clause, as amended, will, enable the Board to deal with any exceptional cases of hardship such as those which the right hon. Member for the Ashford Division suggested.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: After the word "directed" ["be directed"], insert the words "by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries."

At end of Clause, insert the words "unless, owing to any exceptional circumstances, the Board otherwise directs."—[Mr.Prothero.]