§ MR. W. H. MYERS (Winchester)
I beg to ask the hon. Member for the Thirsk Division, as representing the Charity Commission, whether the trustees of St. Cross Hospital, Winchester, have under their scheme of management power to erect new buildings, and to make important alterations in the existing buildings, without the consent of the Charity Commissioners; and whether the Charity Commissioners have the power to interfere with the action of the trustees if damage is being done to the ancient buildings of the hospital?
MR. GRANT LAWSON
The trustees have power, under the scheme of May 17th 1881, to expend out of the unappropriated surplus income of the charity such sums as shall be deemed by the Charity Commissioners sufficient, in adding to or otherwise improving the present hospital buildings, so as to provide additional rooms for the residence of brethren; but only with the previous sanction of the Commissioners, expressed in an order under their official seal. No such additions or improvements can be made except in accordance with plans and specifications which shall have been approved by the Commissioners acting upon the advice of the architect.