47. Viscount SANDON—
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will grant an increased allotment to the Historical Manuscripts Commission to enable them to make more adequate progress in publishing papers of great national and historical interest?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The grant to this Commission, which had been only £200 in 1919, was increased to £500 in 1920, to £600 in 1921, and to £700 in 1924, and later years. This last amount was fixed as a reasonable maximum for the work under present conditions, and the Treasury have received no application for its increase. In existing financial circumstances I fear I can hold out no hope of a larger provision.
§ Viscount SANDON
Is it not a fact that the amounts voted barely cover the salary even of the head official alone?