said, he would beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether, in accordance with the pledge given that the Irish Unions should be relieved of half the Medical and the whole of their Educational Charges, it is the intention of Her Majesty's Go- 304 vernment to add the deficiency of the sum voted last year for that purpose to the Estimate of the present year?
§ MR. AYRTON
said, the facts were not exactly as suggested by the Question of the hon. Member. He had made inquiry into the subject, and the arrangements adopted, as far as he understood, were that an Estimate should be made at the beginning of the year of the sum that would be required to meet the charges in each of the unions, and if at the end of the year that Estimate was exceeded, the Treasury should not pay the excess; but if the expenditure was less than the Estimate then the actual charge only should be paid by the Treasury. In accordance with that arrangement no application has been made to the Treasury for any further claim, and the subject had not been brought under their consideration.