HC Deb 04 May 1926 vol 195 cc198-9

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider a revision of the method of presenting the Estimates to the House of Commons, so that in future each Department shall be financially responsible for the goods supplied or services rendered to it by His Majesty's Office of Works, His Majesty's Stationery Office, and by the Post Office?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Churchill)

I have been asked to reply. It has for some years been the practice to show expenditure on telegraphs and telephones under the Vote of the using Department. It is not proposed to extend this practice to postal services, buildings, and stationery. No such extension was recommended by the Estimates Committee in their recent Report, and, I think that centralised accounting for these services is more conducive to economy.