HC Deb 02 March 1882 vol 266 c1924

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he will give directions that in future the annual account of the Crown's nominee shall contain the names and addresses of intestates whose estates fall to the Crown as windfalls?


Sir, I should, perhaps, explain that the net proceeds of the Crown's Nominee account during the lifetime of the present Sovereign are paid into the Exchequer, inasmuch as they form part of the revenues of the Crown handed over to the Exchequer in exchange for the Civil List. I do not think that there would be any advantage in publishing the names and addresses of the intestates after their estates have been administered. Every care should, no doubt, be taken to give due publicity to the fact that an estate is being administered by the Treasury Solicitor in default of heirs; this is secured, whenever it is possible that there may be heirs, by advertisements in the Metropolitan and local newspapers. I do not think that more can be done in the interest of bonâ fide claimants.