§ SIR THOMAS ESMONDE (Wexford, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state what steps are being taken by the Historical Manuscripts Commission with a view to the publication of the manuscripts of the Irish Franciscans.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. VICTOR CAVENDISH, Derbyshire, W.)
I regret to learn from the Historical Manuscripts Commissioners that the gentleman engaged by them to transcribe the manuscripts has, owing to ill-health and other causes, not made very rapid progress. He has now been relieved of his duties; and a new Inspector will proceed to Dublin next week to press the work to completion.