HC Deb 02 August 1904 vol 139 cc533-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieu- tenant of Ireland if he will state what sum was paid to Trinity College. Dublin. as compensation for the Church livings taken in 1869; has this sum been used for the purposes served by the Church livings, namely, to provide pensions on retirement for the fellows, or to provide pensions for the professors or any other officials or for any other, and, if so, what purposes; has the capital sum been increased by accumulation of the interest, if so, what is its present amount; if otherwise, what is the cause of the diminution; whether he is aware that Lord Iveagh has offered a sum for the purposes of providing laboratories and the equipment thereof in a number of the scientific departments, which are in pressing need thereof, on condition that £3,000 per annum is provided for the upkeep of the same; whether, in order to prevent the advantage of this offer being lost to the College, the income of the fund mentioned above can be applied to this purpose.


The Report of the Commissioners of Church. Temporalities for the period of 1869 to 1880, which was presented to Parliament in 1881, contains a list of the names of persons to whom payments were made under the Irish Church Act, 1869. I have no further information on the subject, and no information in respect to the other matters mentioned in the Question.


This is public money. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is "jobbed"?


I have no responsibility ia the matter.