HC Deb 10 July 1963 vol 680 c1231
23. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he will not introduce legislation to abolish multures.

Mr. Noble

I am not aware of public concern about multures or problems arising from them sufficient to justify legislation being introduced.

Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

I hope my right hon. Friend is aware of what multures are. Government policy is being geared to modernisation, progress and efficiency, but here he is faced with taxation paid by tenants for not grinding their corn at mills that no longer exist. Will he not recognise the extraordinary unfairness of this situation?

Mr. Noble

The extraordinary position of multures is no doubt remarkable, but in the efforts to modernise Britain this does not have a very high place in our legislative programme.