§ MR. C. WRIGHT (Lancashire, S.W., Leigh)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he will provide in the Budget for the expense of supplying, in accordance with the terms indicated by the late Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the 9th of September last, Parliamentary Reports of Education, Crime, Pauperism, County Expenditure, and other Returns connected with County Government, also Returns of Army and Navy Estimates, to Free Libraries and Mechanics' Institutions?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
, in reply, said, that his Predecessor had promised to submit a Vote to the House to enable the House to decide whether a gift should be made of Parliamentary Papers to Free Libraries. He would submit a Vote to the House for this purpose, in some form; but, in the meantime, as only seven libraries had applied, and each set of Parliamentary Papers only cost about £15, he thought that the amount might be furnished by economies in the Stationery Office, and a reduction in the cost of distributing Parliamentary Papers.