HC Deb 29 March 1894 vol 22 cc903-4
MR. CARVELL WILLIAMS (Notts, Mansfield)

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education when Mr. Austie ceased to act as a Charity Commissioner; and whether, by the terms of ins appointment, he was appointed as a permanent Commissioner, or only as a temporary Commissioner in connection with the administration of "The City of London Parochial Charities Act, 1883"?


I am informed that Mr. Austie ceased to act as a Charity Commissioner on the 30th of September, 1892, being the day on which the extended period prescribed by the City of London Parochial Charities Act, 1883, for the duration of the powers and duties vested in, or imposed upon, the Charity Commissioners by that Act, expired. Mr. Austie was appointed a Charity Commissioner under the power, given to the Crown by the above-mentioned Act, of appointing paid Charity Commissioners to hold office during the pleasure of the Crown, and his salary as Commissioner ceased to be paid on the expiration of that Act as thereby provided.


I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, with reference to the recent Return of Charities within the County of London, the trustees of which have omitted during five years to transmit to the Charity Commissioners copies of the annual accounts of the charities as required by law, whether the Commissioners have taken any, and what, steps to obtain compliance with the law; and whether any, and what, steps have been taken by the Commissioners in the case of numerous trustees of charities in other parts of the Kingdom who, during the same period, have omitted to transmit copies of their accounts to the Commissioners?


I am informed that the Charity Commissioners have taken steps to procure the Return of the accounts of the charities in question, and have already received the accounts in several cases; and that in every case in which such an omission is brought to the notice of the Charity Commissioners a compliance with the law is at once required and enforced.