Oral Answers to Questions — National Expenditure.

– in the House of Commons on 22nd June 1922.

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, in view of the admitted need for further economies being effected before the next financial year, he is prepared to set up a, small Committee of Members of the House who would continue the investigations of the Geddes Committee, and who could report before next, year's Estimates are framed?

Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

The Government have set up two Cabinet Committees to consider the further reduction of national expenditure. One Committee. will deal with the estimates of the Fighting Services and the other with Civil Estimates. Departments have been instructed to submit by an early date sketch Estimates for next financial year, which will be examined with a view to effecting all possible economies. In these circumstances, it would appear inexpedient to set up any other Committee.