HL Deb 21 February 1831 vol 2 cc727-8
Lord Dacre

begged leave to inquire of the right rev. Prelate, what progress had been made in bringing forward a Bill for the Composition of Tithes, which their Lordships had been some time expecting? He hoped that the Bill would contemplate a commutation, and not a composition; and he begged the right rev. Prelate to understand, if it were only for the latter, he should feel himself called upon to introduce to their Lordships a measure which should have for its object a commutation of tithes, and not a composition; and he was assured that the Legislature would support him.

The Archbishop of Canterbury

said, that the Bill to which the noble Lord alluded had been a long time under consideration, and it was so still, as it was desirable it should be made as perfect as possible. With respect to the latter part of the noble Lord's question—namely, whether it was for a composition or a commutation? —he could only answer, that the Bill preserved its original character, and that it would establish a composition for a term of years. With regard to the hint which the noble Lord had given, of introducing a measure for a commutation, he begged leave to inform him, that a bill, either for a commutation or composition, must have its origin in the other House.

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