§ Mr. D. GRAHAM
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury when the pensions formerly paid to descendants of Richard Pendrell for services performed 280 years ago were discontinued; and the former amount of the pension and the total sums paid?
§ Major ELLIOT
These pensions consisted of a number of fee farm rents formerly payable to the Crown, but granted by Letters Patent of 24th July, 1676, to three trustees in trust for various members of the Pendrell family, with benefit of survivorship to the others on failure of heirs of any one of the beneficiaries and with reversion to the Crown on failure of all issue. The Crown's reversionary interest was sold in 1923, and the pensions are now administered by a private trust. I have no information as to their discontinuance or otherwise. The original pensions were six in number, two of £100408W per annum, one of £50 per annum, and three of 100 masks (£66 13s. 4d.) per annum). Full details are given in Appendix No. 9 to the report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on Perpetual Pensions dated 29th July, 1887 (No. 248 of 1887). I am unable to state the total amount paid under the trust.