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C. 99.

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provided by an Act passed in the Session of Parliament holden in
the Third and Fourth Years of the Reign of King William the
Fourth, for, amongst other things, “facilitating the Appointment of 3 & 4 W. 4.

“ Sheriffs,” such Person (being by Law competent to hold and
5 exercise the Office of Sheriff ) to be Sheriff of the County of West-

moreland as She shall, by the Advice of Her Privy Council, think fit,
and hereafter from Time to Time as Occasion shall require to appoint
in like Manner and Form any other Person (so being by Law com-

petent as aforesaid) to be Sheriff of the said County of Westmore-
10 land; and such Person so to be from Time to Time appointed shall

hold, use, and execute the said Office of Sheriff within the said
County of Westmoreland, and upon taking the Oath of Office by the
said Act prescribed shall thenceforth have and exercise all the Powers,

Privileges, and Authorities hitherto usually exercised and enjoyed
15 by the Sheriff of the County of Westmoreland, or any other Sheriff

now or heretofore appointed under and by virtue of the said last-men-
tioned Act, and shall be subject and liable to the same Duties and
Liabilities as the Sheriff of the County of Westmoreland has hitherto

been subject and liable to, and to all the Liabilities imposed upon
20 Sheriffs in England and Wales by the said last-mentioned Act.

tinue Sheriff

III. Provided always, and be it enacted, That the said George G. E. Wilson, Edmund Wilson shall continue to hold, use, and execute the said Esq. to con Office of Sheriff of the County of Westmoreland until the Appoint- of Westmorement by Her Majesty, Her Heirs or Successors, of some other Person

land until 25 to be Sheriff of the said County under this Act.

appointed

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The better assessing and collecting the Poor

Rates and Highway Rates in respect of Small
Tenements.

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[Note. — The Words printed in Italics are proposed to be inserted

in the Committee.]

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HEREAS the Collection of Poor Rates and Highway Rates Preamble. assessed upon the Occupiers of Tenements of small annual

Value is expensive, difficult, and frequently impracticable,
and it is expedient to make better Provision for the rating of such
5 Tenements, and for the Collection of such Rates : Be it therefore

enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the
Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and
Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Autho-

rity of the same, That from and after the passing of this Act it Majority of 10 shall be lawful for the Vestry of any Parish, by a Majority of Two Thirds

Two Thirds at least of the Votes of the Persons present, and com- determine petent to vote thereat, from Time to Time and at all Times hereafter whether 61.

Tenements to declare and order that the Owners of Tenements in such Parish shall be

the yearly Rent or Value whereof respectively shall not exceed Six rated to the 15 Pounds shall be rated and assessed to the Rates for the Relief of the instead of

Poor in respect of such Tenements, instead of the Occupiers thereof, Occupiers.
and the Order so made shall remain in force until rescinded ; and it
shall be lawful for the Vestry of the said Parish, by such Majority as
aforesaid, to rescind and annul any such Order.
15.

II. And

the Poor Rates and

If Vestry so

II. And be it enacted, That whilst any such Order is in force the determined, respective owners of such Tenements now being occupied by any Per

son having no greater Estate or Interest therein than a Tenancy from Highway Year to Year, or, after the passing of this Act, being occupied by any

Person holding under any Lease, Letting, or Tenancy whatever, shall 5 be rated and assessed (instead of the Occupiers thereof) to the Rates for the Relief of the Poor and to the Rates for the Repairs of the Highways which otherwise such Occupiers might by Law be rated to.

Rates to be rated to Owners.

Remedies for III. And be it enacted, That the Rates to be assessed as aforesaid, 10 recovering of

together with the Costs and Charges of levying and recovering the Rates.

same, may be levied on the Goods of and recovered from the re-
spective Owners of such Tenements as aforesaid, by Distress, Action,
Suit, or other Proceeding, in the same way as such Rates, if lawfully
assessed to the Occupiers of such Tenements, might by Law be 15
levied on the Goods of or recovered from such Occupiers ; and, further,
the Goods and Chattels of the Occupiers of such Tenements shall be
liable to be distrained and sold for Payment of such of the said Rates
as shall accrue due during their respective Occupations, in the same
Way as if such Rates were assessed to such Occupiers ; but such 20
Occupiers (whether being distrained upon, or paying such Rates in
order to prevent Distress,) may deduct the respective Amounts so
to be answered by them, together with all Costs and Charges they
may have incurred on account thereof, from their Rents payable in
respect of such Tenements, and such Amounts shall be deemed Debts 25
due from such Owners to such Occupiers, and be recoverable by
Action.

Owners IV. And be it enacted, That every such Owner as aforesaid shall possessed to have the

have the same Right of Appeal against Rates, and the same Right Privileges of to vote in Vestry, as if he were an Occupier duly rated.

30 Occupiers. Definition V. And be it enacted, That the Word “ Tenement” in this Act of Terms.

shall include Land, House, Cottage, and any corporeal Hereditaments;
and the Word “ Owner” shall include every Person receiving or
claiming Rent on his own Account, or as Trustee for any other Person,
and every Mortgagee in receipt of Rent; and Words importing the 35
Masculine Gender shall include Females as well as Males.

Extension of Act.

VI. And be it enacted, That this Act shall extend only to England and Wales.

Act may be

VII. And be it enacted, That this Act may be amended or repealed amended,&c. by any Act to be passed in this present Session of Parliament, 40

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