HC Deb 10 February 1915 vol 69 cc577-8
43. Mr. WATT

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether the office of Crown Receivership of Rents has recently been rendered vacant; will he say what is the salary attached to that office; and when he proposes to fill the vacancy?


Mr. Holmes Ivory, the late Crown Receiver, who was in receipt of a salary of £600 a year, died on 14th October last. When the work of his office was inspected on behalf of the Treasury and the Office of Woods in June, 1913, it was clear that the continuance of his post in its existing form could not be justified, and for the present the rents and revenues are being collected on behalf of the Commissioner of Woods by the senior member of the office, who is receiving a special allowance of £150 a year in addition to his previous emoluments.


Are we to understand that the Lord Advocate voluntarily relinquished patronage to the extent of £600 a year, and, if so, will that be followed in England and especially in Wales?


I am sure that where a reduction of expenditure is possible the Lord Advocate, with all others concerned, will be desirous of effecting it.