HC Deb 06 August 1878 vol 242 cc1301-2

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the sum of £81,019,000, stated as the estimated expenditure of 1878–9, in the weekly account of Revenue and Expenditure, is not merely the estimate of ordinary expenditure only; whether the sum of £30,066,878, stated in the account for the week ending July 27, to have been the "total issues out of Exchequer to meet payments," includes any part of the issues on account of extraordinary expenditure; and, whether the account will be so altered in future as to show the whole estimate of expenditure, whether ordinary or extraordinary, and the actual total issues both ordinary and extraordinary to date?


Yes, the hon. Member is quite right in the Question he has put. The sum of £81,019,000 does include the estimate of ordinary expenditure only; and the further sum of £30,066,878 includes all issues on account of extraordinary expenditure. The principle upon which the Treasury always go in preparing these accounts is that up to the passing of the Appropriation Act they put the figures of the Budget, and that after the passing of that Act they give the revised figures. That course will be taken in the present instance; and after the Appropriation Act is passed, the weekly accounts will show the whole expenditure for which provision has to be made.