§ DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, having regard to the fact that a sum of £5,000 a year of public money is paid to the council of the Incorporated Law Society to assist them in purifying the legal profession, he could see his way to make a similar grant to the General Medical Council, to enable them to undertake the prosecution of irregular medical practitioners?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir M. HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
The sum of £2,500 voted to the Incorporated Law Society for this purpose is a very small fraction of the yield of the duty on solicitors' certificates, which goes to the Exchequer. No such tax is imposed on medical practitioners; and therefore no question of a similar grant arises.