HC Deb 24 February 1885 vol 294 cc1158-9

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If it is true, as stated, that the Treasury claim to have the power to capitalise the various sums annually voted by this House in aid of certain hospitals in Dublin; and, whether he will undertake on the part of the Government that no step will be taken towards capitalising those annual grants, or any of them, until the Estimate in that regard for the current year has been dealt with, and until the House has had an opportunity of considering the principle upon which the grants are now distributed?


The matter to which the hon. Member refers is still under the careful consideration of the Government. As it would be impossible to capitalize the grants without the authority of Parliament, there will be necessarily afforded the opportunity of discussion which the hon. Member desires.