§ Mrs. Ray Michie
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was collected as ultimus haeres from Scotland and as bona vacantia from England and Wales for each year since 1988; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maples
[holding answer 16 July 1991]: The amounts collected as ultimus haeres from Scotland were £400,000 in 1988 and £300,000 in 1989. The amounts collected as bona vacantia from England, Wales and 188W Northern Ireland, excluding the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster, were £5,100,000 in 1988 and £5,100,000 in 1989. These figures are net of ex-gratia payments to kin, debts paid on estates, and administration and other costs. The accounts for 1990 will be laid before the House in the autumn.