Superintendent of Parliamentary Returns and
Clerk of Parliamentary Accounts 1812-70
Before 1812 the responsibility for the accounts and returns submitted to parliament by
the Treasury rested with one of the Chief Clerks. In that year it was entrusted to one
of the Assistant Clerks in the Revenue Department with the title of Superintendent
of Parliamentary Returns and an allowance of £400 in addition to his salary. (fn. 1) The post
lapsed in 1821, the work being carried on by the Assistant Superintendent, W. O.
Adrian, an Extra Clerk. In 1823 another Extra Clerk, C. L. Crafer, was appointed
Clerk of Superannuation Returns with a salary of £300. (fn. 2)
In 1824, in view of the increasing complexity of the returns, a new post of Clerk of
Parliamentary Accounts was created and conferred upon Spearman, who was at the
same time appointed an Assistant Clerk in the Revenue Department and given an
additional allowance of £400. (fn. 3) In 1825 the office of Clerk of Superannuation Returns
was abolished and Crafer was also appointed an Assistant Clerk in the Revenue
Department with an additional allowance of £50. (fn. 4) Spearman, who was appointed
Auditor of the Civil List in 1831, retained responsibility for parliamentary accounts
until 1834 when he was succeeded by Crafer with an additional allowance of £100
which was raised to £150 in 1836. (fn. 5) In 1854 the work of the office was divided between
two Clerks one of whom was responsible for the annual estimates and the other for the
rest of the business. Both received additional allowances of £100. (fn. 6) In 1856 the allowances were discontinued and it was provided that the office of Clerk of Parliamentary
Accounts should be held by a First Class Clerk. (fn. 7)
LISTS OF APPOINTMENTS
Superintendent Of Parliamentary Returns
1812||3 April||Hill, W.|
|1815||21 April||Alcock, J.|
Clerk Of Parliamentary Accounts
1824||13 Feb.||Spearman, A. Y.|
|1834||17 Oct.||Crafer, C. L.|
|1850||22 March||Stephenson, W. H.|
|1850||15 Nov.||Shelley, S.|
|1854||24 March||Stronge, C. W.|
|1860||24 Dec.||Wilbraham, R. W.|
|1869||31 Dec.||Barrington, C. G.|
||TM 3 April 1812 (T 29/116 p. 453).
||TM 11 March 1823 (T 29/219 p. 153).
||TM 13 Feb. 1824 (T 29/230 p. 224).
||TM 5 Aug. 1825 (T 29/248 p. 115); the allowance was raised to £80 by TM 22 Feb. 1831 (T 29/314
||TM 17 Oct. 1834 (T 29/358 p. 326), 13 Sept. 1836 (T 29/381 pp. 227-8); while Crafer was a Senior
Clerk 1841-50 the allowance was reduced to £100 (TM 26 Jan. 1841 (T 29/433 p. 454)).
||TM 24 March 1854 (T 29/554 p. 642). Shelley was appointed Clerk of the Estimates.
||TM 4 July 1856 (T 29/564 p. 47).