HC Deb 16 May 1881 vol 261 c562

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Whether it is true, as stated in the public journals, that the fees paid to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey for permission to erect a Monument therein to the late Earl of Beaconsfield will amount to about £400; and, if so, whether these fees will be the private emolument of the Dean and of the members of the Chapter, or for what purpose?


Sir, I am obliged to my hon. Friend for asking me this Question, and thus enabling me to remove an entirely erroneous misconception upon the subject. In answer to an inquiry which I have made into the statement quoted by my hon. Friend, I have been informed that there are no fees whatever paid to the Dean and Chapter for monuments erected at the public expense. Any fees for private monuments are expended entirely on the support of the fabric, and no portion whatever goes to the private emolument of the Dean or of any member of the Chapter.


gave Notice that on Thursday he would put another Question to the noble Lord upon the same subject.