HC Deb 14 December 1966 vol 738 c104W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources if he is satisfied that all leases of property in the possession of the National Trust which have been declared inalienable under the provisions of the National Trust Act, 1907, Section 21, have been sanctioned by the Charity Commissioners in accordance with the Schedule to the National Trust Act, 1919, Section 1, and that the terms of such leases are in the public interest: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Willey

The statutes give Ministers no authority over the National Trust and it is not for them to examine the Trust's operations to determine whether or not they comply with the Acts relating to it. If the hon. and gallant Member has reason to believe that necessary approvals to particular leases have not been granted by the Charity Commission he will no doubt communicate with the Commission.