MR. JOSEPH COWEN
asked the honourable Member for West Surrey, Whether the Ecclesiastical Commissioners intend to allow the Agricultural Holdings Act to come into operation on the estates under the control of the Commissioners?
§ MR. CUBITT
Sir, the agents of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, in accordance with their instructions, have issued notices to the Commissioners' tenants in the following form:—Agricultural Holdings (England) Act, 1875.—The Ecclesiastical Commissioners have determined rather to embody the provisions of the above Act in future agreements, than to annex them to existing agreements, and we therefore transmit on the other side a notice that your contract of tenancy remains unaffected by the Act. The Commissioners approve the principle of the Act, and are quite willing to add to their contracts of tenancy such of its provisions as may be expedient in each case. We shall be glad to hear from you to what extent you desire to vary your existing contract of tenancy.These notices are based upon three reports from the Commissioners' surveyors, which have this day, upon my Motion, been ordered to be laid upon the Table of the House.