HC Deb 02 March 1888 vol 323 c34

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether he was aware that, although this week was now at a close, neither the Navy nor the Civil Service Estimates had yet been laid before the House; whether the period of the production of such Estimates was not much later this year than usual; and, whether the Government, expected the House to discuss Estimates of so elaborate a character unless a long interval was given between their publication and their being brought on?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

I am aware that there has been delay, and I regret it exceedingly. It is duo to the fact, I believe, that an attempt is being made to give to the House much more accurate information than has been given hitherto in connection with the Naval Estimates. I think my noble Friend will find that a sufficient interval will elapse after the presentation of the Estimates before the House is asked to vote any money on that account. I will inquire further as to the cause of the delay.


said, that if the re-arrangement of these Estimates this year would involve such a large departure from previous years, they would require more than the usual time to consider them before they were taken.


said, he had the impression that they would be produced in such a form that there would be no difficulty whatever in the matter of comparison. The difference would be that much more information would be afforded than formerly.