Expenditure, 1919–20.

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance. – in the House of Commons on 29th October 1919.

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Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

I will explain that later. The increased pay to the Army, Navy and Air Forces amounts to £21,500,000, making altogether £97,500,000 out of an actual increase of £133,000,000. My hon. Friend asks me to explain the loans to the Allies. That excess is due to the claims of the British Government Departments on the Allies for past services rendered, but not paid before the 31st March of the current year, being much larger than was then anticipated. The Governments of Italy and France owed us More than we then supposed. I need not point out that it is very difficult to obtain accurate figures. It has proved impossible to obtain accurate figures on this subject. They have to be collected from various sources, such as the commanders in the field, and to be subjected to a scrutiny by the War Office or other Department before they reach the Treasury.