Expenditure, 1919–20.

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

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They are not paying any interest. I hope I have made it clear to the House how the £32,000,000 is made up. I now ask the House and the critics outside—Of these items, making altogether £97,500,000 of the increased expenditure, which do they challenge? Is it the increased pay to the Army and Navy? Is it the increased pay to the police? If they challenge any one of them, did they challenge it at the time? I do not believe that in any quarter of the House there is any dispute about these sums, unless you separate the Government from the House as a whole. Then there remain £36,000,000 open to criticism. Let us understand what we are talking about, and the limits of what is possible, before we exhaust ourselves in superlatives.