MR. GIBSON BOWLES
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, can he now say what decision His Majesty's Government have arrived at with reference to the recommendations of the Select Committee on National Expenditure that an Estimates Committee should be appointed, at the beginning of each session, for examination of and report on one class of the Estimates precedent to their discussion in Committee of Supply, and that a day should be provided for the consideration by this House of the Reports of the Public Accounts Committee, and an opportunity be given of taking a decision upon the recommendations embodied therein.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
The matter to which my hon. friend refers has been under the consideration of the Government, and a good many Questions upon 1002 it have been postponed till Monday. If my hon. friend will postpone his Question till next Tuesday, and if the other Questions are postponed till the same day, I shall hope to make a statement in answer to them all.