HC Deb 28 June 1921 vol 143 cc2055-6

Not amended (in the Standing Committee) considered.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read the Third time."

The CIVIL LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Commander Eyres-Monsell

): One of the many activities undertaken by the Greenwich Hospital is the education and maintenance of the daughters of seamen and marines. Out of the total income of the Greenwich Hospital funds amount- ing to £240,000 a year this House votes £4,000 a year from the Consolidated Fund and we very rightly exercise a proper authority over the administration of Greenwich Hospital. In the Greenwich Hospital Act, 1872, it is provided that The amount to be spent under the Section for the education and maintenance of any girl shall not exceed the rate of £20 a year. At the present time that certainly is not enough, and the schools concerned have represented to us that they cannot continue this education at that price. All I ask the House to do by this Bill is to remove the limitation of £20. I do not want to place any fixed sum in the Bill because I think the House will agree that if we were to put a maximum it might become the minimum. We expect to be able to do this for £35 a year. This will amount to £1,500, which will be met out of the funds connected with Greenwich Hospital. That is all I am asking the House to do.