HC Deb 14 June 1906 vol 158 cc1109-10
MR. BELLAIRS (Lynn Regis)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can state approximately, for purposes of comparison, by how much the Navy Estimates of 1906–7 would be reduced if the old arrangement, existing prior to 1888–9, still existed of charging the Vote for armaments to the Army Estimates.

(Answered by Mr. Edmund Robertson.) The Navy Estimates for 1906–7 would be reduced by, approximately, £2,803,000 if the arrangement existing prior to 1888–9, under which provision for Naval Armaments was made in Army Votes, were revived. It may, however, be mentioned that the transfer of the cost of Naval Armaments from Army Estimates was associated with, and was partially counterbalanced by, the transfer to those Estimates of the Vote for Sea Transport (Army), previously included in the Navy Estimates. The amount voted for Army Transport services in the Navy Estimates for 1887–8 was £206,000.