HC Deb 02 August 1905 vol 150 c1326

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury if he will state the duties of the Warden of the Cinque Ports; and what emoluments or rights of patronage are derived from the office.

(Answered by Mr. A. J. Balfour.) 1. There are now practically no important duties which the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports has to exercise individually except those of the chairman of the Dover Harbour Board. 2. The emoluments arising from the office are practically confined to certain Admiralty droits, the amount of which is insignificant. Walmer Castle is now no longer available for use as a private residence. 3. The patronage attached to the office, speaking generally, consists—(i.) Of the right to appoint the Judge of the Cinque Ports Admiralty Court, the Registrar of the Cinque Ports, and the Marshal of the Court; (ii.) The right of appointing Salvage Commissioners at each Cinque Port; (iii.) The nomination of magistrates for appointment by the Crown; (iv.) The appointment of a deputy to act as chairman of the Dover Harbour Board in case of his absence.