HC Deb 07 March 1899 vol 68 cc37-8
MR. BUCHANAN (Aberdeen, E.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, considering that both this year and last year the Army Estimates and the statement of the Secretary of State for War were circulated shortly after Committee of Supply was set up, and several days given before the statement was made in the House by the Under Secretary of State for War, he can state the reasons why the Navy Estimates and the Memorandum have not been circulated cither this year or last year at such a date as to enable Members to consider them before the First Lord of the Admiralty makes his statement in the House


I have not discussed the question whether the procedure on the Army Estimates or the Navy Estimates is the more convenient, but, generally speaking, on the present occasion the proposed procedure with regard to the Navy Estimates is one dictated by considerations of public policy. The honourable Member will perhaps wait for further explanation on this subject until the statement of the First Lord of the Admiralty.

MR. ASQUITH (Fife, E.)

Will the First Lord of the Treasury state what business he proposes to take on Friday?


We shall now take the Supplementary Estimates which we had hoped to be able to take on Thursday—first the Civil Service, and then the Navy. After the Supplementally Estimates we shall take Vote 1 of the Army Estimates.

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