Revenue and Expenditure Returns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 18th May 1922.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can arrange in the weekly Revenue and Expenditure Returns to show separately the expenditure on the fighting services, the Civil Services, and the Revenue Departments?

Mr. HILTON YOUNG:

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to a question on 11th May to the hon. and gallant Member for the Henley Division, in which my right hon. Friend the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer promised to consider an amplification of the quarterly return in the direction desired. The weekly return shows the total issues for Supply Services. Owing to the pooling of balances with the Paymaster-General, the issues for each Department do not over short periods give any indication of the actual expenditure of that Department, and figures of the kind asked for in the question would be merely misleading.