asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether it is the intention of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury to grant the increased scale of Salaries recommended by the Trustees of the British Museum for the Officers, Assistants, and other persons in that establishment, as set forth in a Return ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 9th June 1873, No. 237; and, whether it is the intention of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury to grant to such Officers and others the arrears of pay which they would have received during the past financial year had the Resolution of the Trustees been carried into effect at the time contemplated by them?
The hon. and learned Gentleman is under some misapprehension of the circumstances in which this question rests. It is very true that a memorial was addressed to the Treasury on the scale of salaries recommended by the Trustees of the British Museum, but it was considered by the late Government, and they decided unfavourably. There the question was concluded. The business is not before the new Board of Treasury. It does not exist as a question before them, and it will be impossible to arrive at any conclusion upon it or the question of arrears, until the matter is again brought before the Treasury.
Motion, "That Mr. Speaker do now leave the Chair," agreed to.
SUPPLY— considered in Committee.
Committee report Progress; to sit again upon Monday next.
Turnpike Acts Continuance
Select Committee Appointed, "to inquire into the Twelfth Schedule of The Annual Turnpike Acts Continuance Act, 1873:'"—Committee nominated:—Lord GEORGE CAVENDISH, Sir ROBERT ANSTRUTHER, Mr. BEACH, Mr. WENTWORTH BEAUMONT, Mr. WILBRAHAM EGERTON, MR. M'LACAN, Mr. WELBY, Mr. CLARE READ, and Lord HENRY THYNNE:—Power to send for persons, papers, and records; Three to he the quorum.
Instrucation to the Committee, that they have power to inquire and report to the House under what conditions, with reference to the rate of interest, expenses of management, maintenance of road, payment of debt, and term of years, or other special arrangements, the Acts of any of the Trusts mentioned should be continued.—( Mr. Sclater-Booth.)
Holyhead Old Harbour Road Bill
On Motion of Sir CHARLES ADDERLEY, Bill to transfer parts of the Holyhead Old Harbour Road from the Board of Trade to the Local Board of Health of the town of Holyhead; and for other purposes, Ordered to he brought in by Sir CHARLES ADDERLEY and Mr. CAVENDISH BENTINCK.
Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 51.]
Cattle Disease (Ireland) Bill
On Motion of Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH Bill to amend the Acts relating to Cattle Disease in Ireland, ordered to he brought in by Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH and Mr. ATTORNEY GENERAL for IRELAND.
Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 52.]
Public Health (Ireland) Bill
On Motion of Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH, Bill to amend the Law relating to Public Health in Ireland, ordered to he brought in by Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH and Mr. ATTORNEY GENERAL for IRELAND.
Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 53.]
Municipal Boroughs (Auditors And Assessors) Bill
On Motion of Mr. DODDS, Hill to amend the Law relating to the election of Auditors and Assessors for Municipal Boroughs in England, ordered to brought in by Mr. DODDS, Mr. PEASE, and Mr. RICHARDSON.
Bill presented, and read the first time. [Bill 64.]
House at Rising to adjourn till Tomorrow, at half an hour after Twelve of the clock.—( Mr. William Henry Smith.)
House adjourned accordingly, at a quarter after Seven o'clock.