§ MR. LYNCH (Yorkshire, W.R., Ripon)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Estimates for the financial year, March, 1907, to March, 1908, have yet been framed and submitted to the Financial Commission in Macedonia; if not, when are they expected; whether he can state the amount of the contemplated deficit, as well as the amounts entered for civil and military expenditure respectively; and whether it is proposed to include the expenditure in connection with the re-organisation and strengthening of the Third Army Corps in the amount to be charged to the Macedonian Budget in respect of military expenditure.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (SIR EDWARD GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
The Estimates for the Macedonian Budget for the current financial year have been submitted to the Sublime Porte by the Financial Commission. The estimated deficit is £789,290. The estimated expenditure for civil administration is £839,801, and for military expenditure £1,352,894. His Majesty's Government are not aware of the particular items of which the latter portion of the Budget is composed. The total increase in it is £8,203.