29. Mr. F. HALL
asked what, if any, amount remains over from the surplus of £186,000 which resulted from the Great Exhibition of 1851; and by what authority or persons such money is controlled?
§ Mr. McKENNA
My hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. I am informed that the surplus of £186,000 was invested in land, and now yields a substantial income, which is devoted to educational purposes in connection with science and art. These funds are controlled by a Royal Commission, by virtue of a Supplemental Charter granted in December, 1851, after the close of the exhibition.
Mr. F. HALL
Will the Government give sympathetic consideration to the suggestion of refunding £70,000 which was paid for the fabric in order that the same building might be taken for continuing the Crystal Palace and grounds in perpetuity for the public?