HC Deb 17 February 1881 vol 258 cc1072-3

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether the sum of £500 per annum or any other sum is now paid out of the public revenue or out of the Consolidated Fund to the Corporation of the City of Westminster, or to any representative thereof, if so, where can the entry of such payment be found; if not, when was such payment discontinued, and what, if any, compensation was given to such Corporation in respect of such discontinuance?


Sir, the sum of £500 a-year has for many years been paid to the Deputy High Steward of Westminster out of Class IV. of the Civil List, and is applied to the expenses of the Court of Burgesses, which is charged with the duty of superintending the weights and measures of the district within its jurisdiction. In 1873 the Treasury gave notice that this allowance would be discontinued subject to the interests of the present recipients, and £30 a-year has already lapsed by the death of the Chief Constable. The total issues on account of Class IV. of the Civil List will be found on page 44 of the Finance Accounts. The details are not given.