§ SIR W. HARCOURT (Derby)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the statutory accounts of expenditure required to be provided under the Imperial Defence Act, the Naval Defence Act, and the Barracks Act for the year ending 31st March, 1891, will 1667 be delivered to Members before the Budget?
§ MR. GOSCHEN
The right hon. Gentleman is aware that statutory accounts required under the Acts in question are accounts of expenditure actually incurred and audited. It is, of course, impossible to furnish such accounts till some time after the close of the financial year, in view of the distance of some places, such as Hong Kong. But I am considering the form of a Return which will give the Exchequer issues to the various Departments during the year.