§ 85. Colonel WOODCOCKasked the Secretary of State for War the amount already spent on Catterick Camp; what is the total required to complete the work in progress; and what percentage of increase is this latter amount above the original estimate in 1922 of £890,000?

§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANSThe expenditure to date on the reconstruction of Catterick Camp is approximately £920,000. The further sum required to complete the work in progress is estimated at £518,000, making a total of £1,438,000. The increase is 62 per cent. on the original estimate, which was, however, purely provisional.

§ Colonel WOODCOCKCan the right hon. Gentleman explain why the estimate which was given in the first place has been so extraordinarily over-spent?

§ Sir L. W0RTHINGT0N-EVANSThere are many explanations. One is that additional work has been done, and another is that the original estimate was a provisional one, and wrong.

§ Mr. W. TH0RNEYou bad better increase that man's salary.