§ MR. ALLISON (Cumberland, Eskdale)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, looking to the fact that large numbers of aged imbeciles, who might with perfect safety and greater comfort to themselves be retained in union workhouses, are now, under the Regulations in force since 1874, in respect to the Grant of 4s. per head per week contributed by the Government, transferred to lunatic asylums at great cost to the ratepayers in the necessary enlargement of those asylums, he will consider the possibility of extending, under proper safeguards, the same grant to cases retained in workhouses, in the same way as is now the practice in Scotland?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
At present I can only say that the whole question of the Parliamentary grants in aid of local taxation is receiving the consideration of the Government in connection with the proposed Local Government Bill.