HC Deb 13 July 1904 vol 137 c1488

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that in 1899 the Salters' Company of London conveyed to certain trustees in Magherafelt, county Derry, the old Court-house and bridewell, the markets, and certain other property to hold in trust for the town of Magherafelt upon certain conditions; and that apart from an annual payment of £120 to two local schools and the handing over £100 to the Magherafelt Gas Company, no other disbursements have been made by the trustees; and whether, in view of the desire of the inhabitants that the money in the hands of the trustees should be spent for the benefit and improvement of the town, a local inquiry will be ordered in order to ascertain the conditions under whieh the trust was made over, its present value, and the best means of securing that it shall be administered for the benefit, and according to the wish, of the people of Magherafelt.


As far as I have been able to ascertain, the Salters' Company assigned certain property to trustees to be used for certain purposes. This trust has been faithfully carried out. I have no power whatever to institute such an inquiry as suggested, or to compel owners of property to dedicate it to purposes other than those to which they desire to devote it.