HC Deb 22 February 1887 vol 311 c288
MR. M'EWAN (Edinburgh, Central)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, The exact amount of surplus funds paid into the Imperial Exchequer by the Sasine Office, Edinburgh, during the last 20 years; and, to what purpose the money has been applied; and, if he would state the amount of commission paid in respect of the sale of stamps to the present retailer since the date of his appointment; and, whether, on a favourable opportunity arising, the sale of these stamps would be transferred to the Inland Revenue or the Cashier's Department in the Sasine Office?


All fees received in the General Register House, of which the Sasine Office is a branch, are paid into the Exchequer; but the account kept does not show the amount received from each branch, and I am, therefore, unable to give the amount paid in respect of the Sasine Office. I may state, however, that the cost of the General Register House, as a whole, exceeds the amount of the fees received. It is impossible to state exactly how much the present retailer receives in commission on the sale of stamps; but it may be taken approximately at £480 per annum, or a total of £7,000 since his appointment in 1871. On the occurrence of a vacancy arrangements will be made, if possible, for a more economical system of distribution.