§ MR. ISAACS (Newington, Walworth)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board when the ratepayers of the Metropolis will receive the relief out of the Probate Duties and other sources of Imperial Revenue promised them in the Budget of the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the financial year 1888–9?
§ * MR. RITCHIE
Since the 27th of March last a sum of £127,620 has been paid to the Guardians of the Metropolitan unions and parishes in addition to the grants previously received by them. It is very difficult to arrive at 551 any accurate estimate of the amount which the Local Government Board will be in a position to pay to the London County Council out of the local taxation account in November next, but it will probably be about £120,000. It will be borne in mind that the sum payable to the London County Council prior to that date would be much larger were it not that the proportion of the cost of the Metropolitan Police, which was formerly paid out of the Parliamentary grant, is now paid out of the local taxation account and deducted from the sums payable to the London County Council.