HC Deb 18 February 1932 vol 261 cc1824-5
79. Mr. ALBERY

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give facilities for a short Bill to make the disclosure of tithe rentcharge obligatory in all transactions for the sale of land so encumbered?

The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Sir John Gilmour)

On the occasion of the sale and purchase of land in England and Wales, the presumption is that it is subject to tithe rentcharge unless the contrary is established, and it is open to the purchaser to ascertain the liability, if any, of the land to tithe rentcharge by inspection of the original tithe apportionment and map deposited with the Ministry. Copies are also deposited in the parish, usually in the custody of the incumbent and churchwardens. In the circumstances facilities for a Bill on the lines indicated by my hon. Friend cannot be given.