HC Deb 30 June 1879 vol 247 cc1057-8


(In the Committee).


inquired the object of the Resolution?


said, that the object of the Resolution was to fulfil a promise made to the House in the early part of the year, to the effect that he would introduce and submit to the House a scheme, by which the expenses of the Charity Commissioners, which amounted to about £25,000 a-year, should be met. In the discussion that took place, he stated that he had some difficulty in the matter, and that various suggestions had been made for raising the sum required. He had since been in communication with the Commissioners, and had looked into the matter; and, after some consideration, he had decided to submit to the House a proposal giving effect to the existing law in respect to the Charity Commissioners. A provision was inserted that would enable the Commissioners to issue stamps, by which they would be enabled to obtain their revenue.

Resolved, That it is expedient to authorise the imposition of a Stamp Duty of One per centum on the gross income of Charities towards meeting the Expenses of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, and to make further provision respecting the Accounts of Charities.

Resolution to be reported To-morrow, at Two of the clock.