§ MR. HOWARD SPENSLEY (Finsbury, Central)
asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in accordance with the assurance given in the last Parliament, he contemplates the appointment of a Committee to consider the question of grants of money to the Royal Family?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. E. GLADSTONE) (Edinburgh, Mid Lothian)
107 It is quite accurate that an intention was expressed in the course of last Session by the Government then in Office, consisting in great part of Members of the present Government, to move for the appointment of a Committee to consider the question of grants of money to the Royal Family, and that intention is still retained. But with regard to the precise time for asking the House to appoint that Committee, we are doubtful whether the present time would be convenient when questions of great and absorbing interest and difficulty are in immediate prospect. I therefore cannot say at what specific moment it may be considered convenient to submit the proposal to the House.