HC Deb 28 July 1906 vol 162 cc209-10

I beg to ask the Secre- of State for War whether the Government, having decided, since the Army Estimates for the year were voted, materially to decrease the same, will not also, under certain other conditions which may arise during the recess, undertake to alter the numbers of the Army and the Army Estimates back again to the number and amount originally voted by Parliament.


The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The Government have not decided to reduce the Army Estimates for the current year— which remain as voted by the House.

LORD BALCARRES (Lancashire, Chorley)

Do we understand there is to be no reduction of the Estimates for the year 1906–7?


If the noble Lord means "reduction"there will be none; but if he means "saving,"then I say it is highly probable that money may be saved.