Initially this had been viewed as the private responsibility of the British monarch. Under Pitt's reform the money was now appropriated by Parliament who would manage it for public purposes on the monarch's behalf. The ruler was left with a reduced allowance for personal use.
Editors. "Civil List reform". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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