HC Deb 15 May 1902 vol 108 cc365-6

To ask the hon. Member for the Tonbridge Division of Kent, as Charity Commissioner, whether his attention has been called to the Report of the Assistant-Charity Commissioner, Mr. Marchant Williams, for the parish of Llansadwrn, Carmarthenshire, dated the 24th April, 1899, in which, on page 6, it is stated that under Cornwallis's Charity the poor of Llansadwrn have only received from 1794 to 1898 £5 7s. 6d. per annum instead of the following sums, to which they were entitled and which could have been paid them from the Charity, viz.: £7 9s. 7d. per annum from 1794 to 1829; £7 18s. 2d. per annum from 1829 to 1874; £7 11s. 1d. per annum from 1874 to 1888; £7 4s. 3d. per annum from 1888 to 1898; and whether he will take stops to recover for the poor of Llansadwrn the difference between what has been paid during these years, and also for 1899 and 1900, amounting to about £240, and to ensure in future the correct amount of £7 4s. 3d. per annum being paid.

(Answer.) The Commissioners duly considered the Report to which the Question refers, and, on the 5th May, 1900, they called upon the trustees for explanations, and required them to make application for a scheme to regularise the administration of the charity. In default of such an application, the Commissioners, on the 24th August, 1900, certified the case to the Attorney General under the provisions of Section 20 of The Charitable Trusts Act, 1853. Thereupon the trustees made application to the Commissioners for a scheme; and a scheme has accordingly been drafted by them, and is now under consideration. Before finally settling the scheme the Commissioners will again carefully consider the particular matters to which the Question refers.—(Charity Commission.)