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Tithe Rentcharge (Arrears)

Volume 320: debated on Thursday 18 February 1937

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the increasing pressure being put upon tithe-payers by certain tithe-owners to pay up in cash all arrears before 1st April next, thereby depriving the tithe-payers of the benefit of the provisions relating to arrears contained in the Tithe Act, 1936; and whether he can, and will, take steps to prevent the continuance of such pressure?

Section 20 of the Tithe Act, 1836, applies only to arrears outstanding on 1st April next, until which date tithe-owners are entitled to take proceedings for the recovery of all debts due to them. I have no authority in any way to interfere.