HC Deb 03 July 1863 vol 172 cc176-7

said, in the absence of his hon. Friend (Mr. Gregory), he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the Commissioners of 1851 are to be paid the sum of £120,000 for Land at Kensington before the Government is placed in clear possession of the Land?


Sir, the sum of money voted by the House, which amounted, I think, to £67,000, has been paid to the Commissioners to enable them to clear off certain impending obligations. We have no power to pay any further sum, and we cannot have such power till after a further Vote has been granted by this House. I think the most natural arrangement would be that the rest of the money should be paid on the completion of the conveyance and the transfer of the land. At the same time, I do not know the precise course which will be taken; but whatever it is it will be explicitly stated to the House.