Motion made, and Question proposed,
That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £134,105, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1919, for the Expenses of the Royal Irish Constabulary.
I think there must be a mistake in the last column of this Vote. It says, "Appropriation-in-Aid: deduct from the gross total £5,837 on the gross total of £128,268." I notice that they are added together and this makes £134,105. I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether that is correct or not. It appears to me that these amounts have been added instead of being deducted. Whether it is a misprint or error I do not know. I submit that the sum which you, Mr. Deputy-Chairman, have put is the wrong sumand ought to be reduced.
§ Sir H. CRAIK
I think I might throw a little light upon this point. These Appropriations are sums which have accumulated and are paid in, and the office in question has no power to deal with them except by way of a special Grant.
§ The DEPUTY-CHAIRMAN
In regard to the Appropriation-in-Aid the hon. Member will see that the original estimate was £41,910 and the revised Estimate £36,073. Therefore the amount of the original Estimate was not realised by the Appropriations-in-Aid, and the amount of £5,837 has to be added.