HC Deb 01 March 1888 vol 322 cc1848-9

asked the First Lord of Treasury, Why the sum of 2s. 6d. is charged for searching the Registers under Section 12 of "The Deeds of Arrangement Act, 1887," whilst only 1s. is charged for a similar search in the same office under "The Bills of Sale Act, 1882;" and, whether, considering that the Act was passed for the better knowledge and benefit of the trading classes, and that the sum of 1s. is specifically mentioned in the Act, it is possible to reduce the charge to 1s.?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The fee under the Deeds of Arrangement Act differs from that under the Bills of Sale Act, because it is imposed, not only for the search, but also for the extract taken from the Register. Under the latter Act there is one fee for search and another for extract; under the former Act one foe covers both.