HC Deb 30 June 1884 vol 289 cc1665-6

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he will state by whom and under what authority, the funds of the Episcopal Sees in Scotland which fell to the Crown at the Revolution are collected and disbursed, and if the accounts are regularly audited, and by whom; whether he will state the present position and amount of these funds and their revenue; if they are public property belonging to the Nation; or treated as being the private property of the Sovereign; and, if any account or statement of these funds, and the revenues from them, is to be found in any Blue Book or other Papers accessible to Parliament?


These ecclesiastical funds form part of the hereditary re- venues of the Crown, the income of which is enjoyed by the public during the lifetime of the present Sovereign; they are managed by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, and accounted for and audited in the same way as other property in their charge; they cannot be accurately distinguished from other Crown property in Scotland, but they probably amount in gross to about £10,000 a year.