§ Resolutions [1st September] reported.
§ First Five Resolutions agreed to.
§ Sixth Resolution read a second time.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
I understood the hon. Gentleman the Secretary to the Treasury to promise to reduce this Vote by £3,000.
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. JACKSON) (Leeds, N.)
I made no promise to the House to that effect. I would point out to the hon. and learned Member that it is not by any means necessary to reduce the Vote. The money cannot be expended for any other purpose.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY
I do not agree with that. Last year a sum of £3,000 was spent for certain decorations in connection with the Prince of Wales's visit. My objection is that the saving on this particular Vote may be used for other purposes. My impression is that last night a pledge was given to lessen the Vote by the sum of £3,000. If that is not the general impression of the Committee I will withdraw my opposition.
§ MR. HALLEY STEWART (Lincolnshire, Spalding)
A most distinct assur- 1066 ance was given us by the Government last night that this amount would be withdrawn if the Bill to which it applied was not proceeded with. I take it it was as distinct an assurance as is possible.
§ MR. JACKSON
I can only speak again with the indulgence of the House. I will point out that the suggestion that the money may be devoted to other purposes is absolutely impossible. The money voted for a special purpose in one Vote cannot be devoted to any other purpose; and therefore the hon. and learned Member's object in preventing it being thus appropriated is attained.
§ MR. BIGGAR (Cavan, W.)
I speak with a very clear recollection of what took place. I say that pledge was given. I beg to move that the Vote be reduced by a sum of £3,000.
§ Amendment proposed, to leave out "£114,662," in order to insert "£111,662."—(Mr. Jackson.)
§ Question, "That '£114,662' stand part of the Resolution," put, and negatived.
§ £111,662 inserted.
§ Resolution, as amended, agreed to.