HC Deb 03 March 1890 vol 341 cc1759-60

Resolution [27th February] reported, That it is expedient to provide for the building and enlarging barracks and camps in the United Kingdom, and in certain colonies, and for that purpose to authorise the charge upon and the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of a sum or sums not exceeding £4,100,000, to empower the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to borrow moneys for the re-payment of part of the sum so issued; and to authorise the payment out of moneys to be provided by Parliament of the principal and interest of such borrowed moneys.

Resolution read a second time.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."

(11.53.) MR. H. H. FOWLER (Wolverhampton, E.)

I hope the Government will not ask us to proceed with this debate. The Resolution was agreed to after a short debate, and I do not think that either the House or the country understand the real nature of the principle to be applied to this question. It is proposed, I believe, to spend about four millions. A dangerous and un-Constitutional principle was applied to the Navy expenditure last year, and it is now proposed to repeat the experiment, and to declare that the House of Commons is incapable of dealing annually with the expenditure of the country. It is now proposed that in 1890 we shall control the expenditure of 1891–2-3–4.

Debate to be resumed upon Thursday.

It being midnight, the Debate stood adjourned.

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