Chiltern Hundreds.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Dennis Herbert Mr Dennis Herbert , Watford


asked the Lord Privy Seal whether his attention has been called to the fact "hat under the Law of Property Act, 1922. when it comes into operation, the stewardships of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead and the Escheatorship of Munster will cease to exist as offices of profit under the Crown; and whether he will consider what arrangements should be made for Members of this House who may then wish to resign their seats?

Photo of Mr David Lloyd George Mr David Lloyd George , Caernarvon District of Boroughs

Stewardships of manors will not cease to be offices of profit until all manorial incidents have been abolished in them and it is not anticipated that this operation will be completed for some 17 years. I will consider, in consultation with my hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General, whether in the course of the consolidating legislation which will follow upon the Law of Property Act it may not be desirable to retain in existence permanently the ancient and lucrative offices of the Stewardships of the Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead. The Escheatorship of Munster, being an Irish Office, is not affected by the Law of Property Act.