HC Deb 20 March 1884 vol 286 c278

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the grant formerly voted for the Queen's University in Ireland amounts to £4,000 a year, and if all the duties discharged by that University are not now discharged by the Royal University, the expenses of which are defrayed out of the Surplus Church Fund (Ireland); and, whether the Government will apply the money in accordance with the statement of the then Lord Chancellor, when introducing the University Bill in 1879, that— The Vote of Parliament which had, up to that time, been taken for the expenses of the Queen's University would of course apply itself to the now University?


My right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary asked me to answer this Question. It appears that it is true that the late Lord Chancellor is reported to have used the words quoted by the hon. and gallant Member; but the provision then contemplated has since been superseded by means which are much more ample. The sum of £74,000 has been voted by Parliament for providing suitable buildings for the Royal University. The maintenance of that building is thrown upon Parliament, and the annual sum of £20,000 is taken from the Church Fund to meet other expenses of the University.