Supplementary Estimates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 6th April 1922.

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Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if, by means of a circular or otherwise, he will impress upon the several Departments the grave objection felt to the issue of Supplementary Estimates, notifying them that if they wish to spend money on new items they must save corresponding amounts elsewhere?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I would refer the hon. Member to Treasury circular of the 28th April, 1920, of which I am sending him a copy privately.

Photo of Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson Mr Godfrey Locker-Lampson , Wood Green

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that even during the last two or three days the Government have started off again with new Supplementary Estimates of several millions for the coming year?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

I am certain that my hon. Friend, with a much longer experience of this House than I have, must know that there are a certain number of Supplementary Estimates which are unavoidable, and it is quite impossible to promise that there shall be no Supplementary Estimates in any particular year.