§ MR. DILLON (for Mr. MACNEILL)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury what is the reason for the delay in sending to the clerks of unions, now the clerks of boards of guardians, the usual forms to be perfected before the payment of Parliamentary grants towards medical and educational purposes usually payable in February; and, whether it is the intention of the Government to deprive the several Poor Law Boards in Ireland of the grant payable in February, 1899, and which accrued between September, 1898, and February, 1899, before the new arrangements under the Local Government Board Act had come into operation?
§ MR. G. BALFOUR
At the request of my right honourable Friend I will answer this Question. There is, needless to say, no foundation for the suggestion in the second paragraph. The forms for a return of the medical and educational expenditure incurred by boards of guardians during the half year ended 25th of March were sent out yesterday. There has been no delay in the dispatch of these forms. Recoupment will be made when the required particulars have been furnished by the several unions.