HC Deb 17 July 1923 vol 166 cc2065-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been directed to a protracted law suit with respect to a small estate entrusted to the Public Trustee, of which Mrs. C. E. Milner is the beneficiary; whether this suit arose owing to the Public Trustee's Department not making themselves familiar at the outset with the details of the will relating to the estate; and what is the present position of the dispute?


I have been asked to answer this question. Difficult questions of construction arose in this case in relation to a leasehold house which formed part of a trust estate, and an application to the Court became necessary. The proceedings in Court are now at an end and the sale of the house has been completed. The proceedings were rendered necessary, not by any fault of the Public Trustee's Department, but through the obscurity of the will constituting the trust, which, as it appears, was drawn by a person who had no special legal skill. I am sending the hon. and gallant Member a memorandum dealing more fully with the case.