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Act 3, 1912 (III) – Act anent Assessors’ Expenses. 25th May 1912.

The General Assembly ordain that :-

1. When an Assessor attends a Presbytery meeting, lawfully summoned, he shall be paid his travelling expenses per rail, steamer, or public road conveyance. Such expenses, on being certified by the Moderator and Clerk of Presbytery, shall be paid by the General Treasurer of the Free Church, and shall be charged against the General Purposes Account.

2. When an Assessor, by instruction of the Presbytery, travels for the discharge of Presbyterial duty e.g., presiding over kirk-session meetings, congregational meetings for election of minister or moderation in call to a minister, the serving of edicts, or the ordination of office-bearers, such travelling expenses by rail, steamer, or public road conveyance shall, on the certificate of the Moderator and Clerk of Presbytery, be paid by the General Treasurer, and charged to General Purposes Account. In such cases, maintenance expenses or their equivalent shall be found by the congregation to which the service is rendered.

3. When an Assessor, in accordance with any scheme of ministerial service in vacant charges organised by the Presbytery in obedience to the instruction of the General Assembly, shall incur travelling expenses by rail, steamer, or public road conveyance, such expenses shall be paid by the General Treasurer, and charged to General Purposes Account; and a copy of the scheme of visitation under which the expenses have been incurred shall be sufficient voucher warranting payment by the General Treasurer. In such cases, maintenance expenses or their equivalent shall be found by the congregation to which the service is rendered; and the fee for supply of the pulpit of the visiting minister (if required) shall be paid in accordance with the practice of the Supply Committee, who shall be responsible if called upon for the provision of such supply.

4. Should circumstances in any case arise in which, from causes over which the Assessor has no control, necessary expenses cannot be recovered in manner aforesaid, or excess of expenditure shall have been incurred, the Assessor shall submit the facts to the Finance Committee, which is hereby empowered to deal with the case as they may deem best fitted to promote the general interests of the Church.