HC Deb 19 May 1885 vol 298 cc949-50

I wish to ask the noble Lord the Patronage Secretary to the Treasury, Whether his attention has been directed to the report that a considerable sum of money has been abstracted from an official despatch box in one of the rooms of this House; whether it is the custom of the Members of the Government to bring down to the House considerable sums in cash; and, if so, for what purpose?


I am not aware why the right hon. Gentleman wishes to put that Question to me, for I think it more properly belongs to the Financial Secretary. I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that I am not aware of any Member of the Government having a large sum of money in his pocket, and I am certainly not responsible for the amounts they carry about with them, nor am I responsible for any robbery that may take place in this House.


Am I correctly informed that the money stolen was for the payment of some of the officials of the House of Commons? If so, how is it to be made good?


I really know nothing about it.

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