HC Deb 09 August 1894 vol 28 cc449-50

I beg to ask the Parliamentary Charity Commissioner whether he is aware that at Hatfield Peverel, Essex, and at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, meetings of the inhabitants have been held protesting against proposed sales of charity lands in those places; whether the Charity Commissioners will withhold their consent to such sales, at any rate, until after the new Local Government Act comes into operation; and if the Commissioners will consider the propriety of refusing as a rule their consent to sales of charity lands pending the coming into operation of that Act, and pending the consideration by this House of the Report of the recent Committee upon the Charity Commission and of the suggestions therein?


At Walton-on-the-Naze the sanction of the Charity Commissioners to the proposed sale of charity lands has already been suspended until the Local Government Act, 1894, comes into operation. In the case of Hatfield Peverel, Essex, notice of the proposed sale of charity lands is still running. The Commissioners have resolved that, pending the appointment of new Trustees, by or in pursuance of the Local Government Act, 1894, no sale of land of a charity be authorised by the Board in a rural parish, except in a case of special urgency in the interest of the charity.