§ SIR JOHN LUBBOCK (London University)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he proposes to make the Budget statement?
§ SIR W. HARCOURT
The Budget will be brought forward as soon as the Second Reading of the Home Rule Bill is disposed of. I hope, as my right hon. Friend is anxious for the production of the one, he will accelerate the passage of the other. My right hon. Friend seems to be under the impression that the Budget this year has been unusually postponed. That is an error. In 1887 the Budget statement was made on April 21st; in 1891 on April 23rd. In the latter year the Income Tax Resolution was reported on April 28th. I hope to be more fortunate in securing earlier dates than these.