§ MR. MEYSEY-THOMPSON (Staffordshire, Handsworth)
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works if he will give the details composing the sum of £5,000 to be granted towards the expenses of receiving the Inter-Parliamentary Conference.
§ *THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. HARCOURT,) Lancashire, Rossendale
I have not yet received the information in the form of vouchers and. accounts, and therefore am unable to give 1049 particulars. They will be presented, however, in due course to Parliament and the balance-sheet will show how the money has generally been expended in fitting up the Royal Gallery for the conference, for the luncheon in Westminster Hall, the banquet at the Crystal Palace, for the striking of a medal, locomotion, postage, and stationery, and other matters. The expenses for the luncheon falling on the the public charge will only be the sum for our foreign guests, the cost of their own entertainment being paid by the British delegates. The total amount required will not be so much as has been voted by Parliament owing to the admirable management of the English committee here.