§ MR. HUMPHREYS-OWEN (Montgomeryshire)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty can be empowered to make grants in aid of dilapidations to necessitous clergymen holding benefices under £200 per annum in value during the currencies of their incumbencies; and, if so, whether he would consider the propriety of advising the adoption of that course.
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
Under the present regulation Queen Anne's Bounty is available for other purposes, but it is mainly employed for the purpose of augmenting the endowments of poor livings. Grants, however, are occasionally made to meet dilapidations in various special cases. It would, I believe, be possible to extend the powers of Queen Anne's Bounty, but I doubt whether there are funds available.