THE DUKE OF ST. ALBANS
asked Her Majesty's Government, Whether they can state if there will be a balance remaining of the Irish Church Fund after meeting the payments under the Arrears Act; and, if so, what sum it is estimated the surplus will amount to?
My Lords, I beg to say, in reply to the noble Duke, that the applications under the Arrears Act having fallen much below the estimate 1689 formed last year, the income of the Irish Church Estates is sufficient to bear the interest and sinking fund on the sums raised in addition to the other charges imposed thereon by Parliament. The actual position of the Irish Church Fund is shown as clearly as possible in the Treasury Minute, dated June 16, 1882; and there is no reason to anticipate any departure from the Estimates in that Minute, except that the advances under the Arrears Act are not expected to exceed £910,000.
§ House adjourned at a quarter past Seven o'clock, till To-morrow, a quarter past Ten o'clock.