§ SIR SAMUEL WILSON (Portsmouth)
asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether the site at South Kensington which is proposed for the Imperial Institute will be given free of cost and incumbrance to that Institution;or whether it will be liable for the whole, or any portion, of the sum of£143,119 15s. 11d., due by the Commissioners of the Exhibition of 1851 to the Greenwich Hospital Fund, as shown in the Accounts of Greenwich Hospital furnished to Parliament on the 18th February last?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)
I am informed that the terms on which the Commissioners of the Exhibition of 1851 propose to grant the site for the Imperial Institute are not yet arranged;and the Commissioners tell me that they have no intention of asking the Lords of the Admiralty to release the site from the mortgage debt except upon payment of the amount due.
§ MR. ARTHUR O'CONNOR (Donegal, E.)
asked, whether the accounts connected with the Imperial Institute would be published?
§ MR. W. H. SMITH
I think I mentioned the other day that the Government have no connection whatever, as a Government, with the Imperial Institute;and, therefore, it would be quite out of the question for them to enter into any engagement on the subject.