Oral Answers to Questions — Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

– in the House of Commons on 20th April 1943.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Prime Minister the present functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Besides attending to the affairs of the Duchy of Lancaster, which are the ordinary duties of the Chancellor, my right hon. Friend is Chairman of the Security Executive, as stated by the Deputy Prime Minister on 18th June last in reply to a Question by the hon. and gallant Member for Ormskirk (Commander King-Hall). The Chancellor of the Duchy is also a member of certain Cabinet Committees.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Without any personal disrespect to the right hon. author who now holds the post, could the Prime Minister tell me what salary attaches to it?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Yes, certainly, but reference to any of the official publications would have supplied the answer. I thought it was well known that the Chancellor of the Duchy is not paid by the taxpayers. His salary of £2,000 a year comes out of the revenue of the Duchy, that is to say, out of the Privy Purse.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Is the Prime Minister aware that I put the Question because the information could not readily be ascertained?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I thought it was well known by most persons who had any experience of Parliamentary matters.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Am I to understand from what the Prime Minister says that £2,000 a year is the total amount of salary?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Yes, Sir; the total amount. No extra salary is paid to my right hon. Friend for his very arduous and laborious work at the head of the Security Executive. This has been a matter of concern.