§ MR. BOLAND (Kerry, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the total annual expenditure by the Maltese Government Department of Charitable Institutions, including hospitals; how much of this is contributed by the War Office and by the Admiralty respectively; are the military and naval hospitals open to civilians; has he considered the advisability of placing all the hospitals under one central authority; and, if not, will he consider the advisability of placing the civil charitable institutions under the control of a Maltese local government board elected by the taxpayers who support these institutions.
§ MR. LYTTELTON
The total expenditure of the Maltese Government Department of Charitable Institutions, including hospitals, is estimated in the Colonial Estimates for 1904–5 at £56,337,14,10. None of this expenditure is contributed by the War Office or the Admiralty. The military and naval hospitals are not under ordinary circumstances open to civilians. I have not had under my consideration the questions referred to in the last part of the hon. Member's Question, and I am not aware of any sufficient reasons for modifying existing arrangements.