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Probate Fees, Northern Ireland

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th October 1952.

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Photo of Captain William Wellwood Captain William Wellwood , County Londonderry 12:00 am, 16th October 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the non-contentious probate office fees payable in Northern Ireland on small estates are higher than those chargeable on similar estates in the rest of the United Kingdom; and why Northern Ireland citizens are prejudiced in this way.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

These fees are fixed by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland with the concurrence of the Treasury. I have received no proposal for any reduction in the fees now payable, but I understand that representations made recently by the Incorporated Law Society of Northern Ireland are at present under consideration by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.