Mr. Alan Williams
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have taken place in the frequency of reports to the House on the civil list and the requirement for the House to approve the civil list with the cessation of annual voted supplements under the Civil List Act 1975.
§ Mr. Lamont
The Civil List Act 1972 enables the royal trustees to report from time to time on relevant matters. In their October 1990 report—HC 629—the royal trustees indicated that they accepted the logic of the views of the 1971 Select Committee on the Civil List that 10 years was an appropriate period over which to operate. For the record, reports were made by the royal trustees in January 1975, December 1983 and October 1990.