HC Deb 18 May 1933 vol 278 cc516-7
36. Mr. SPENS

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that investigations are being made by representatives of Queen Anne's Bounty into the personal ability of tithe payers to pay tithe out of their general resources and that concessions are being made only on proof of individual inability to pay; and whether, as tithe is not a personal libility, he will take steps to secure that such investigations shall be confined to and concessions made on the basis of the possibility of making the cultivation of the land pay?


I have no jurisdiction as regards the collection of tithe rent-charge and my hon. and learned Friend will thus see that I am not in a position, therefore, to control any investigation which Queen Anne's Bounty may see fit to make before making a voluntary concession to a landowner with respect to tithe rentcharge.