72. Lieut.-Commander EDWARD YOUNG
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the principal purposes for which issues have been made from the Civil Contingencies Fund under the Act of 1919; and when it is proposed that such issues should be repaid to the fund?
The principal purposes for which advances have been made from the Civil Contingencies Fund this year have been in anticipation of Votes for coal mines deficiency and pensions, and of receipts appropriated in aid of the Vote for munitions. The total issues from the Exchequer under the Civil Contingencies Fund Act, 1919, during the current financial year have been £60,500,000, of which £20,000,000 have so 882 far been repaid to the Exchequer. I hope that the greater part of the remainder will be repaid before 31st March, 1920. As the hon. Member is aware, the latest date for repayment under the Act is 30th September, 1920.