HC Deb 18 July 1831 vol 4 cc1445-6

38,800l. was then moved for, to pay off Exchequer Bills, issued for carrying on Public Works, Fisheries, and building additional Churches.

Mr. Hume

said, that 1,500,000l. ad been raised by taxation for building of churches, and he should wish to know, before the present grant was passed, whether all that money had been expended. He was afraid the money had been thrown away, or even worse employed, by the Commissioners forcing churches upon the people, which had earned discord into many parishes.

Mr. Goulburn

thought hon. Gentlemen should, be acquainted with facts before they made assertions. In one parish only had there been a dispute as to the propriety of building a church; and when the real benefit these grants had conferred was, considered, their utility ought not to be questioned upon slight grounds,

Colonel Evans

thought no further grant was required. Much money had been already spent, and it was not denied, that disputes had taken place, and that discord had been engendered.

Vote agreed to,

2,000,000l. to discharge the amount, of supplies granted for previous years— and 25,576,600l. to pay off and discharge Exchequer Bills, charged on the supplies of 1830 and 1831, unprovided for, were voted without remark.

House resumed.