§ Mr. HOARE
asked the President of the Board of Education whether his visit to open the undenominational training college for women at Bingley, on 28th May, 1909, involved an expenditure of £95 4s. 3d., including £22 10s. for tea and £64 19s. 10d. for the platform for his speech; whether this sum has been surcharged to the West Riding education authority by the district auditor; and what steps he proposes to take to compensate those upon whom the expense will fall?
§ Mr. RUNCIMAN
The hon. Member appears to attribute to me a vulgar curiosity which I will not do him the injury of believing that he would himself indulge. It is not my practice to inquire into the cost of hospitality I receive as a guest, and I am, therefore, unable to reply to the hon. Member's question. On matters of surcharge he should address my right hon. Friend the President of the Local Government Board.