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  • Government Proposals.
  • Sir R. Horne's Statement. (1 speech)

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."— [Colonel Leslie Wilson.]

  • Education. (7 speeches)

    I propose to deal, in the first place, with the subject of education. The recommendation is for a reduction of £18,000,000 in the expenditure of the Education Departments. Part of that,...

  • Navy. (6 speeches)

    Now I turn to the question of the Navy. The Geddes Committee recommend a reduction of £21,000,000 in the Provisional Estimates which the Admiralty presented, and that without any regard to...

  • Army. (2 speeches)

    On the question of the Army, the Geddes Committee recommend a reduction of £20,000,000 on the provisional Estimate, or £22,500,000 if we include the Middle East. But again I have this...

  • Royal Air Force.

    I will turn now briefly to the question of the Air Force. There the cut recommended was £5,500,000, but, as before, £1,000,000 of that was unspecified. The Air Minister proposed a...

  • Ministry of Defence.

    It was suggested by the Geddes Committee that there should be set up a Ministry of Defence. That would not, at least immediately, have the result of bringing about great economies in the public...

  • Ministries of Labour and Health.

    There are three other Departments dealt with in the First Report of the Committee. Those are the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Health and the Department of War Pensions. With regard to the...

  • War Pensions.

    I come to the subject of war pensions. The war pensions administration themselves put forward suggestions for a reduction in their expenditure of £6,000,000 and these have been adopted both...

  • Trade and Agriculture.

    I turn now to the Second Report which deals for the most part with trade and agriculture, and I shall survey the proposals of the Committee and the Government recommendations as rapidly as I can....

  • Ministry of Transport.

    The first item with which I deal is the Ministry of Transport. There are no recommendations made for a further reduction of the expenses in connection with the Ministry of Transport. In the...

  • Department of Overseas Trade. (2 speeches)

    I turn to the Department of Overseas Trade. The Committee recommended that it should be abolished. The whole saving by its abolition would be £94,000 in the year, because they do not...

  • Department of Mines.

    Somebody asked me a question upon the Department of Mines. The Geddes Committee recommended that it should be dissolved into all the original elements from which it was composed, and go back to...

  • Forestry Department.

    I turn now to the subject of forestry. The Committee on National Expenditure recommended that the Forestry Department be abolished. The Department itself has not been very long in existence, and...

  • Agricultural Groups.

    As to the agricultural groups which fall in the Second Report, the reductions recommended there were £855,000, and we have accepted reductions to the amount of £642,000. I shall tell...

  • Police and Prisons. (9 speeches)

    On the question of police and prisons, the reduction recommended was £1,599,000, and the reduction agreed is £1,253,000. These reductions are got, however, in a different way from that...

  • Percentage and Block Grants

    There is one matter of general interest which the Geddes Committee dealt with, and which I will only mention in passing. They have taken very particular notice of the system of percentage grants...

  • Summary of Reductions. (2 speeches)

    I may, I think, sum up the result of this somewhat discursive survey. The Committee on National Expenditure recommended a reduction in Votes of £86,000,000, and that is exclusive of what...

  • Savings Already Effected. (89 speeches)

    Now I should like the House to know what we actually have in anticipation in the way of savings between the Estimates of the present financial year and the Estimates of the next financial year. I...