Land Revenues (Feu Duty, Newhall).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

32.

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that on the estate of Newhall, in Ross-shire, a tax, locally known as the bishop's tax, is imposed on and collected from eight small proprietors by the Crown Receiver in Edinburgh; if he will say under what Statute or authority the Crown Receiver acts; and if it is proposed to continue to burden these proprietors with a tax which no other proprietors have to bear in the locality?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

This question relates to the land revenues of the Crown, which are administered by the Commissioners of Crown Lands. As explained in the reply given to the hon. and learned Member on 24th April, 1923, the so-called tax is, in fact, a feu duty which was formerly pay able to the Bishop of Ross, and is now payable to the Crown as the superior of the lands.

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it is time this tax was abolished?

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Swindon

I would not like to express an opinion on a point concerning the Scottish land laws. My answer is correct.