Mr. W. A. JENKINS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total amount of tithes which has been collected by the Church Commissioners in Wales up to date since the disestablishment of the Church in Wales came into effect; what use is being made of the moneys so collected; what has been the cost to the country for the collection of such moneys; and to what ultimate purpose does the Government propose to apply the tithe money?
§ Major BOYD-CARPENTER
The total amount of Tithe Rent Charge collected by the Welsh Church Commissioners between the date of disestablishment and the 31st December, 1922, was £550,052 16s. 6d. The moneys so collected are applied by the Commissioners to meet their obligations under the provisions of the Welsh Church Act, 1914. All expenses in connection with the collection of these moneys and all other expenses in connection with the carrying out of the Welsh Church Act, 1914, are paid out of the moneys in the hands of the Commissioners in pursuance of that Act and not out of public funds. The ultimate purposes to which the property in the hands of the Commissioners are to be 53W applied (when they have met all their obligations under the Act) are set out in Section 19 of the Welsh Church Act, 1914.