Chiltern Hundreds


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Chiltern Hundreds,

the obsolete (since the 19th cent.) administrative districts of Stoke, Burnham, and Desborough in Buckinghamshire, S central England. The stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds is an obsolete office with only a nominal salary. It is, however, legally an office of profit under the crown and, as such, may not be held by a member of Parliament. Since members of Parliament may not resign, "applying for the Chiltern Hundreds" or for the similarly obsolete stewardship of the Manor of Northstead is the method by which a member gives up his seat.
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Indeed, the Chiltern Hundreds were denied as late as the mid-nineteenth century.
However, for a long time, the Chiltern Hundreds were not granted as a matter of course.
It is true, as we have seen, (128) that the power of granting the Chiltern Hundreds to members of the House of Commons lay with the chancellor of the exchequer, a Crown official.
329) We have seen a similar impulse in the House of Commons, where the Chiltern Hundreds was denied in the mid-nineteenth century to keep members from taking advantage of "corrupt compromises.
Indeed, even though the Chiltern Hundreds is never denied today, it is still a salutary fiction--or, put differently, a noble lie.
Betty Kemp, The Stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds, in ESSAYS PRESENTED TO SIR LEWIS NAMIER 204, 205 (Richard Pares & A.
Thus, to switch seats in 1757, Pitt had to apply for and receive the stewardship of the Chiltern Hundreds.
Upon receipt of an MP's application for the Chiltern Hundreds, a warrant of appointment is signed by the Chancellor and held in the Treasury.