§ 53. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total estimated cost of Army, Air and all other services for the coming financial year, rendered necessary by the British occupation of Mesopotamia, Palestine, Constantinople, and Egypt, respectively?
As regards Mesopotamia and Palestine, I would prefer not to anticipate the statement that will shortly be made on the whole question by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, for the Colonies. The approximate estimated cost of the various services in connection with the occupation of Constantinople and Egypt is as follows: Constantinople, Army Services £3,000,000, Air services £40,000, services falling on the Foreign Office Vote £10,000. Egypt, Army services £5,000,000, Air services £1,576,000. So far as Army services are concerned, these figures include all charges except non-effective cost of British troops, and in the case of Air services they are exclusive of the cost of raising and training the personnel, of non-effective charges and of expenditure on civil aviation.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
May I ask the Leader of the House when may we expect the Estimate of the Colonial Secretary giving us an idea of the expenditure on Mesopotamia and Palestine?
Not in a question to me. If he will give me notice I will try to give him an answer.