HC Deb 23 April 1928 vol 216 cc605-6

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the sum of 56,72,49,000 rupees devoted to military and naval expenditure in the current Budget Estimates for India includes expenditure on the Air Force and on strategic railways; and, if not, what is the amount of such expenditure?


The figure quoted by the hon. Member is that provided in the Budget Estimates for 1927-28. It includes Air Force expenditure, but does not include expenditure on strategic railways. The Budget Estimate of the net loss on working such lines in that year was Rs. 46,25,000 (1346,875). The corresponding figures in the Budget for 1928-29 are: Gross military expenditure? Rs. 58,04,12,000 (143,530,900); net loss on working strategic lines, Rs. 27,62,000 (1207,150).