§ 28. Mr. OSWALD LEWIS
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that at the first public hearing of the inquiry into the law relating to tithe many people who desired to hear the proceedings were unable to gain admittance owing to the accommodation provided not being sufficient for this purpose; and will he consider the advisability of securing a larger hall for such meetings in future?
§ Captain Sir GEORGE BOWYER
I have been asked to reply. The conduct of the proceedings of the Royal Commission on Tithe Rent-charge is a matter for the Commission. My right hon. Friend is, however, informed by the chairman that although he regrets that on the morning of the first public sitting some members of the public could not be accommodated, there have been vacant seats on every subsequent occasion, and in the circumstances the existing arrangements appear to be adequate.
§ 29. Mr. LENNOX-BOYD
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can introduce legislation to require that the existence of tithes must be stated on the documents effecting the transfer of land?
§ Sir G. BOWYER
As my hon. Friend will appreciate, the question, of intro- 2131 during legislation on the subject of tithe rent-charge must await the report of the Royal Commission which is now sitting.