§ 48. Mr. NEWMAN
asked whether under the terms of the Government of Ireland Bill, with the exception of certain pension Grants and a Grant to Belfast University, there are any charges specifically charged up against the Transferred Sum; and, if so, will he state their nature and amount?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I beg to refer the hon. Member to page 3 of Cd. Paper 6844, where a list is given of specific prior charges on the Transferred Sum and of the estimated amount of each such charge had the provisions of the Bill been in operation in 1912–13. In addition, there are other prior charges of a hypothetical or contingent character, as to which I must refer the hon. Member to Clauses 17, 20, 22, and 42 of the Bill. Owing to the nature of these charges it is not possible to estimate what deduction (if any) would be made from the Transferred Sum in respect of them. I may add, with reference to the terms of the hon. Member's question that there is no specific charge on the Transferred Sum in respect of Belfast University except in the event of default on the part of the Irish Parliament to pay the sum of :18,000 referred to in Clause 42 (b) of the Bill.