HC Deb 12 May 1930 vol 238 cc1459-60W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the most depressed section of British agriculture, namely, arable, bears the greater part of the burden of tithe rentcharge; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action to relieve the situation?


My right hon. Friend is aware that in many cases the effect of the Tithe Act, 1836, was to place a relatively greater burden of tithe rentcharge on arable land than on pasture. The liability is on the owner of the land, and is taken into account on the occasion of the purchase and sale of the land. My right hon. Friend does not propose to introduce legislation amending the existing Tithe Acts.