§ COLONEL WELBY (Taunton)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he can see his way to transferring from Somerset House to the Public Record Office all wills proved before 1700, to enable students to refer to them without fee; if not, whether he will make arrangements at Somerset House, so that those early wills can be consulted under rules, as at the Record Office, by all students free of charge.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY (Mr. VICTOR CAVENDISH,) Derbyshire, W.
I would refer my hon. and gallant friend to the Answer given on this subject by my predecessor on June 18th, 1903.† I understand that visitors are allowed without fee to search the calendars of the wills proved at a time not less than 100 years prior to the search being made.