HC Deb 11 March 1887 vol 312 cc25-6
MR. WATT (Glasgow, Camlachie)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If any Accounts or Receipts and Expenditure have been rendered by the Royal Commissioners for the International Health Exhibition of 1884, the Inventions Exhibition of 1885, and the Indian and Colonial Exhibition of 1886; and, if he will cause such Accounts to be laid upon the Table?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The Government have been in no way connected with the various Exhibitions recently held, and, therefore, the Government have no official cognizance of their accounts. I am under the impression that the accounts of the earlier Exhibitions have already been made public; and I believe it is the intention of His Royal Highness, the President, who has taken so much interest in these Exhibitions, and to whoso personal energy so much of their success is due, to cause the remainder of the accounts to be made public as soon as they admit of being finally rendered. I may point out that it was only one Exhibition—namely, the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, which was held under the authority of a Royal Commission.