§ (20.) £735,698, to complete the sum for the Customs.
§ (21.) £1,359,270, to complete the sum for the Inland Revenue.
§ (22.) £2,484,915, to complete the sum for the Post Office.
§ (23.) £580,045, to complete the sum for the Post Office Packet Service.
§ (24.) £743,372, to complete the sum for the Post Office Telegraphs.
§ MR. PARNELL
asked, whether any further expenditure would be required in connection with this Department, for acquiring works for which the original Estimate was supposed to provide, an Estimate which had already been exceeded by about five or six times its amount? In many cases, as he understood the matter, the Government, after having thought they had purchased the whole of the lines, found they had only acquired a right to the lease of them, and had afterwards to buy the fee simple.
§ SIR HENRY SELWIN-IBBETSON
explained that the sum now asked was for working expenses simply. Several of the outstanding accounts between Her Majesty's Government and the former Telegraph Companies, to which the hon. Member for Meath had referred, had been settled in the course of the last year; and he believed that only a few remained to be arranged, but he could not give any particulars.
§ Vote agreed to.
§ Resolutions to be reported To-morrow, at Two of the clock;
§ Committee to sit again To-morrow, at Two of the clock.