§ MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON (Shropshire, Oswestry)
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the Elective Council of Cyprus, after duly considering the Estimates presented to them by the Government, have reduced the same by several thousands of pounds; and, whether the votes of the Elective Council have been overruled by Her Majesty's Orders in Council?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
The Estimates were so reduced by £7,962. As these reductions could not be carried out summarily without injury to the Island and its credit, and breach of faith to some public servants, the greater part of the amount has been sanctioned by Order in Council under the powers reserved to the Crown by the Constitution Order in Council. And it is hoped that a corresponding reduction may be effected in a less objectionable way, as explained in pages 174 to 180 of Blue Book C, 5,523.