HC Deb 14 August 1882 vol 273 c1679

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether the Treasury and the Colonial Office have agreed as to the amount which should be contributed by the Imperial Government towards the cost of maintaining the distressed refugees which were sent from Alexandria to Malta by the Commander-in-Chief, and which have hitherto been supported by charity or by the funds of the Island of Malta?


Sir, the amount to be contributed from public funds towards the maintenance of refugees at Malta has not yet been agreed to, as it depends on the actual expenditure, on the number of British subjects, not natives of Malta, and on the amount which maybe contributed from charitable sources or otherwise. As all these elements are still undetermined, it is obvious that no definite reply can be given to the Question of the hon. and gallant Member.