§ MR. NORRIS (Tower Hamlets, Limehouse)
asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If he can give any information as to the appointment of a Committee for the purpose of organizing a scheme for establishing a system of nursing the sick poor in connection with St. Katherine's Hospital, Regent's Park, and formerly situate near the Tower; if he can state what are the instructions given for the guidance of that Committee, and if the distinctive features in the constitution of that Ancient Foundation—ecclesiastical, educational, and eleemosynary—will be taken into due consideration, especially with reference to the requirements of East London, from whence the Hospital was removed; and, if he can also state the amount of the present income of the Hospital, and if the recommendation of the Royal Commission, in their Report of July, 1871—That, in any scheme relating to the Hospital, due attention may be paid to the spiritual and educational necessities of the parishes adjacent to the old precincts of the Hospital,has ever been acted upon?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)
I have no information as to the appointment of a Committee for establishing a system of nursing the sick poor in connection with St. Katherine's Hospital, nor am I able to state what instructions have been 204 given to the above Committee; the Hospital in question is not under the control of the Government, and no Official Returns are available, therefore, as to its present income or proceedings.
§ MR. W. H. SMITH
said, he should suppose the proper course would be to apply to the Hospital Authorities. It was a Charitable Institution.
§ In reply to Mr. LAWSON (St. Pancras, W.),
§ MR. W. H. SMITH
said, he was not aware whether the Charity Commissioners could furnish the information.