asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he is in a position to inform the House what fees the Treasury contemplate charging for the services of the official auditors proposed to be appointed under the Friendly Societies Bill; and, whether he will give any assurance that the charge sanctioned for a quinquennial valuation of the assets and liabilities of such a society shall in no case exceed a given per centage of its gross annual income; and, if so, what per centage?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
, in reply, said, that before considering what fees should be given to the official auditors, the Treasury must first ascertain whether they could get them. The Question of the hon. Gen- 1489 tleman had better be discussed when that part of the Bill which related to these officers came under consideration.