§ MR. STOREY (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for Merionethshire whether he will make arrangements by which a copy of each new scheme proposed by the Charity Commissioners for a Charity may be placed in the Library of this House at the same time as copies are sent to the local newspapers for the information of the locality?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY CHARITY COMMISSIONER (Mr. T. E. ELLIS,) Merionethshire
This question may be answered by quoting the reply given on 17th April last to a similar question put by the hon. Member for the Maldon Division of Essex; that answer was as follows:—The question of placing copies of these numerous Schemes in the Library of the House would seem to be one for the decision of the House itself. It may be added that steps are always taken by the Commissioners to carry out the provisions of the Charitable Trusts Acts and Endowed Schools Acts by giving such public notice in the localities affected as may be most effectual for insuring the publicity of the Schemes. Further, in deference to a wish expressed in the House a few years ago, a complete list of Schemes published and not yet finally settled is kept in the Office of the Commissioners for inspection by the public on application to the Secretary of the Commission.
§ MR. STOREY
May I point, out to my hon. Friend that, although the Schemes under consideration are numerous, those actually settled are few? Surely those few could be placed in the Library.
§ MR. T. E. ELLIS
The number of Schemes settled in any one week may be small, but those under consideration may be numbered by scores and by hundreds.