HL Deb 09 March 1832 vol 11 cc1-2
THE Earl of Caledon

said, he rose to set himself right with such of their Lordships who were not present at the debate which arose yesterday evening, for he was represented in the public papers as having said, that the extinction of tithes was recommended in the tithe Committee by a noble Earl who was not now in his place. What occurred was this. He understood from his noble friend who had preceded him in the debate, that he attributed the Report in question to his Majesty's Ministers, and not to the Committee; and that that opinion was grounded upon the use of a similar phrase in the two Reports. To refute this assertion, which he conceived was prejudicial to the character of the Committee, he observed, that the word extinction, instead of abolition, to which, his noble friend had particularly alluded, was suggested, not by his Majesty's Ministers, but, to the best of his belief, by Lord Harrow-by; and that it was suggested by him as having been used in former Parliamentary Reports. He was now quite aware of the inconvenience which might arise from the mention of any noble Lord by name in that House, but he thought at the time, he should best satisfy their Lordships of the correctness of his allegation by mentioning the name of a Peer who was so well-known to them by his accuracy on such occasions, who held no office within the present Administration, and who would be amongst the last of their Lordships to compromise the interests of the Established Church.

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