§ MR. WHITLEY (Halifax)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury 550 if he can state the total cost of the proceedings relating to the ownership of the Irish gold ornaments; how much of the cost consists of fees to the Law Officers of the Crown; what is the estimated value of the ornaments; and will the Treasury have to pay the costs of both appellants and respondents in the action.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
The total cost of the proceedings was £3,114 0s. 2d. The fees of the law officers were £595 5s. The amount paid by the British Museum for the ornaments was £600. The Treasury paid the taxed costs of the British Museum, the defendants in the action, amounting to £1,486 12s. 2d.
§ MR. WILLIAM REDMOND (Clare, E.)
May I ask whether this great expenditure would not have been avoided if my advice had been accepted?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I do not remember to which of his pieces of valuable advice the hon. Member alludes.