HC Deb 03 February 1932 vol 261 cc130-1

asked the Minister of Agriculture why, in view of the fact that the Ministry announced in September, 1931, that tithe could be redeemed for 21 times the net annual amount paid, owners have since received demand notes for compulsory redemption equivalent to 55½ times the annual amount of tithe paid?

The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Sir John Gilmour)

Tithe rentcharge is redeemable at present on the basis of 21 times the net annual value of the commuted tithe rentcharge, plus statutory expenses. The annual amount paid by a part-owner of a tithe area on the basis of an informal apportionment of the tithe rentcharge may have been considerably less than his fair share, and cannot, therefore, be taken as the basis for compulsory redemption.

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