HC Deb 08 July 1831 vol 4 c994
Mr. Spring Rice

moved, that a sum of 1,070l. for the deficiency of the Fee Fund, in the office of the Register of Colonies Slaves in Great Britain, should be granted to his Majesty.

Mr. Hume

thought, these returns should have been included in the Colonial Intimates; and begged to inquire, why they had been omitted?

Mr. Spring Rice, in reply, stated, that the object was, to discriminate the votes accurately. It had before been paid out of the contingent fund of the Colonial Secretary, and a diminution had been there made in proportion to this Estimate.

Mr. Hume

thanked the hon. Secretary for the information; he was now aware of the existence of this office for the first time. He was wholly ignorant that 1,700l. had been paid for the discharge of a duty which any clerk would have been ready to execute for a sixth of the sum.

Vote agreed to.