Law Charges and Courts of Law, Scotland.

Part of Class Iii. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

I am not surprised that the Financial Secretary to the Treasury did not rise to offer any explanation of a Vote which probably he would have desired to pass sub silentio. His plea that the Vote is only a little one may appear to be quite justified in view of the large expenditure of the Government in all directions, but the principle appears to be an amazing one. First of all, we learn that all law expenses which, of course, provided a margin for contingencies, have been exhausted. That is explained as being due to some new arrangement. The sooner the old arrangements, which provided for certain saving, is restored, the better it will be for the taxpayer of the country. Secondly, the Financial Secretary says that the Renfrewshire aerodrome trouble arose because there was some dispute with the contractor, and that the amount in dispute was £50,000. Is the £18,000 exclusively for the Renfrewshire aerodrome, or is the total £28,000?