Committee on Fees and Duties Payable to Public Funds on the Grant of Honours and Dignities, 1936-1938
Administrative / biographical background:
The Committee on Fees and Duties Payable to Public Funds on the Grant of Honours and Dignities (Schuster Committee) was appointed by a Treasury minute of 21 October 1936 'to enquire into the fees and duties payable to Public funds on the grant of honours and dignities by the Crown and on the appointment or promotion, whether by letters patent or warrant, to any office under the Crown, and to report whether any changes are advisable in the present law and practice relating thereto'. The Committee was chaired by Sir Claude Schuster, the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery and Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor.
It enquired first into fees and duties payable on honours and dignities, such as peerages and certain orders, and made an interim report on these in April 1937.
It continued by enquiring into fees and duties payable on Crown appointments to Offices including ecclesiastical appointments. Its final report was presented in May 1938.
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