46. Major NEWMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that a Supplementary Estimate for £26,400,000 to make good at the public expense, an estimated deficiency in the working of the coal mines was presented to the House three months ago; if he will say when an opportunity will be afforded of debating this Estimate; if any of the money asked for has been already spent; and, if so, from whom will the same be recovered should the House refuse to pass the Estimate?
§ Mr. BALDWIN (Joint Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
The Estimate presented on 1st April stands referred to Standing Committee "C." In view of the urgent nature of the service advances have been made from the Civil Contingencies Fund in anticipation of the Vote.