HC Deb 15 November 1917 vol 99 cc572-3

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, at an early date, he will lay a White Paper showing the course which the Government propose to take with respect to each of the recommendations contained in the first report of the Select Committee on. National Expenditure?


I am not yet able, to make any statement on this subject. and if the Committee intend shortly to issue a further Report, I would prefer to await its issue and to deal with the recommendations of both Reports as a whole. As I stated in Debate on the 30th October, an opportunity for discussion of the findings of the Committee will be found.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Committee is. not likely to issue another Report, at all events for some few weeks, that further Reports may be issued from time to time, that the Committee attach great importance to the recommendations of the first Report, and that they are anxious to have the views of the Government upon those recommendations at an early date?


If I could have had the opportunity I would have discussed this matter with my right hon. Friend before answering the question. We are quite ready to take the course which he suggests, but up to the present I have not received replies from the Departments to which the Report has been communicated.