Oral Answers to Questions — National and Local Expenditure.

– in the House of Commons on 14th July 1931.

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Photo of Mr George Lambert Mr George Lambert , South Molton

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if any comparison has been or can be made, illustrating the additional burden in terms of commodities, of national and local expenditure, comparing 1931 with the year of the establishment of the gold standard in 1925?

Photo of Mr Philip Snowden Mr Philip Snowden , Colne Valley

I doubt whether such a comparison is practicable; and in any case the attempt to make it would involve an amount of work disproportionate to the value of the result.

Photo of Mr George Lambert Mr George Lambert , South Molton

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware of the almost crushing burden on the producers of the country, owing to the great fall in prices in the last two years?