asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the Government has considered and come to any decision relative to the question of extending to pauper lunatics confined in licensed wards of poorhouses, or boarded out under authority from the Board of Lunacy in Scotland, the benefit of the allowance proposed in the statement upon the Budget to be given in respect of pauper lunatics confined in asylums?
, in reply, said, that the proposal which was originally made by the Government had reference in all parts of the United Kingdom to lunatic paupers who were placed in asylums outside the poorhouse, and it would hardly be consistent with the proposal that was made or with the Estimate formed that the Grant should be extended to any other class of pauper lunatics. He was, however, bound to admit that some of the representations made to Her Majesty's Government from Scotland seemed to show that the case of that country required to be more fully considered. There would be plenty of time for such consideration, as the Grant would not be payable until the end of the year and it would not be necessary to take the Vote until the expiration of the financial year. In the interim he should give his attention to the subject in communication with the authorities in Scotland.