HC Deb 12 August 1907 vol 180 c779
MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that certain War Estimates have been exceeded by supplemental expenditure to the amount of £690,000, arrangements will be made to prevent such an excess of expenditure over military Estimates in future.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The hon. Member apparently refers to the Estimates of 1905–6, but he is under a misapprehension in believing that they were exceeded. There is, on the contrary, a considerable surplus which has been surrendered to the Exchequer. The figure mentioned in the Question represents the surplus anticipated in March, 1906. The actual surplus proved to be greater.