MR. GIBSON BOWLES (Lynn Regis)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for the Tonbridge Division, as representing the Charity Commissioners, whether he can state how many different sets of charity trustees manage the endowed charities of King's Lynn; what is the total value of the property and the total amount of the gross income managed by each set of trustees respectively; and whether any recent alterations have taken place either in the value of the endowments or the system of management.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY CHARITY COMMISSIONER (Mr. GRIFFITH BOSCAWEN, Kent, Tonbridge)
From the information in the possession of the Commissioners there appear to be fifteen bodies of charity trustees administering the endowed charities of King's Lynn. Although in the case of several of the endowments I shall be glad to give the hon. Member privately details of the income, it is impossible to estimate the 880 capital value of all the charities, or to give their aggregate income, in view of the fact, that in the case of the Municipal Charities, which are very numerous, the Commissioners have not received the accounts of the income and expenditure, notwithstanding frequent applications. In reply to the last Question, in the case of one of the Municipal Charities, building leases have recently been granted which will have the effect of increasing the value of the endowment, but otherwise there has been no change.
MR. GIBSON BOWLES
Can my hon. friend inform me to whom the frequent applications for the accounts have been made?