§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON (Tower Hamlets, Poplar)
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the expenditure in 1902–3 of £184,484,000 was expenditure on account of the war and how much was ordinary expenditure, calculated on the same basis as the war, and ordinary expenditure for 1901–2, given on page 2 of Parliamentary Paper, No. 0.136 of Session 1902, dividing the war expenditure into the three items there detailed.
(Answered by Mr. Ritchie) The Exchequer issues in 1902–3, amounting to £184,484,000, comprised ordinary and war expenditure as follows—Total ordinary expenditure £129,352,000; war expenditure as estimated: interest on war debt, £4,282,000; Army Votes, £40,000,000; Civil Service Votes, £10,850,000; total war expenditure as estimated, £55,132,000—total, £184,484,000. The estimated charge of £40,000,000 on Army Votes includes £350,000 for China. The war charge of £10,850,000 on Civil Votes includes the sum of £3,000,000 issued as a temporary advance to the Governments of the new colonies, repayable out of the proceeds of the Guaranteed Loan.