HC Deb 31 July 1900 vol 87 c171

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he receives annually from the diocesan registrars statements of the fees received by them, and of the state of their offices, under the 7th and 8th Victoria, chap. 68, and whether such accounts are open to public inspection; and whether, in view of proposed legislation to give a vested interest to diocesan registrars by enabling them to make fresh charges in respect of fees, he will consent to give a Return of the statements received in respect of each diocese during the last three years.


Yes, Sir. Accounts under the statute referred to are received every year in the Home Office. I am not aware that anyone has ever asked to be allowed to inspect them, but I see no reason why inspection should not be allowed, if desired. I think there would be no objection to the Return suggested by my hon. friend, if he likes to move for it.