§ MR. JAMES DALY (Monaghan, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether he can state the sum required for school grants in Ireland during 1896–7; whether there is any difference in the sums required for school grants in Ireland during 1896–7 and years 1993–4, 1894–5, 1895–6; and, if so, how much; and, whether he can say upon whose application the money for school grants in Ireland was made during 1893–4, 1894–5, 1895–6, 1896–7.
§ * MR. HANBURY
The hon. Member will see on referring to page 397 of the Estimates that the grant for 1896–7 is put at £255,000. The change in the method of calculating it (from an equivalent to a capitation grant) is described on page 5 of the Introductory Memorandum to the Estimates. For the remainder of the Question I would refer the hon. Member to my answers to questions put by the hon. Member for Londonderry on the 23rd March and 1330 11th instant. Till 1895–6 the grant was at the rate of £210,000 a year. In 1895–6 it was (including the promised equivalent of the English Supplementary Vote) £246,656. The applications of course came from the Commissioners except for 1896–7, when the Government altered the system. The Commissioners assented to this change reserving a right to claim nine-eightieths of the total English grant in any year in which the proportion might exceed the 10s. capitation grant.