National Expenditure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

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asked the Prime Minister what precise steps the Government is taking to continue the work of the Geddes Committee in reference to next year's Estimates?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

As stated in reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Lewisham (Lieut.-Colonel Pownall) on the 22nd June, the Government have set up two Cabinet Committees to consider the further reduction of National Expenditure. Departments have been instructed to submit provisional Estimates for 1923–4 at a much earlier date than usual, and these Estimates, after examination in the Treasury, will be submitted to the Cabinet Committees.

Photo of Mr Donald Maclean Mr Donald Maclean , Peebles and Southern

Will the right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer take into consideration the appointment of a Committee of this House, to consider these provisional Estimates?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

That has been considered, but we have decided to carry out our investigation by means of the Cabinet Committees to which I have referred.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is the authority of these Committees to supersede the authority of the Treasury?

Photo of Sir Robert Horne Sir Robert Horne , Glasgow Hillhead

No; but, after all, the Government works in combination, not in compartments.