HC Deb 10 April 1919 vol 114 cc2217-8

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the delay in introducing the Budget or in making some definite statement in connection with the future taxation of industry is having a prejudicial effect on the reconstruction of trade, and is consequently reducing the opportunities for the employment of labour; and if he will consider the advisability of making some statement before the Easter Recess?


I propose to open the Budget on Wednesday, 30th April, and the Government will ask the House to allow the discussion to continue after 8.15 if it is not found possible to conclude it before that hour. I should have much preferred to make it before Easter, but, unfortunately, I have not found it possible to do so.