HC Deb 19 December 1934 vol 296 cc1149-50
48. Mr. LAWSON

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total cost to the Exchequer up to 30th November, 1934, and the estimated amount payable up to March, 1935, for subsidies and other payments for the assistance of various industries?


I understand that the hon. Member desires the total cost as from October, 1931. Subsidies and similar payments made in respect of civil aviation, beet sugar, cattle, milk, herrings, light horse breeding, mechanical transport and Western Highlands and Islands transport services during the period October, 1931, to November, 1934, amounted to £12,589,000 approximately, and the cost between that date and 31st March, 1935, is estimated at £4,212,000 approximately. The approximate housing subsidy figures for the same periods are £47,320,000 and £6,700,000 respectively.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can furnish an estimate of the cost in a full year of the aggregate expenditure involved in the shipping, beef, and milk subsidies, the Depressed Areas Bill, and including the additional expenditure arising from the new regulations under the Unemployment Act, 1934?


The various items of expenditure to which my hon. Friend refers differ so widely both as regards the incidence of cost and the period of time covered by the grants that I fear it would be misleading to attempt to give any such figure as he requests. The cost to the Exchequer for the financial year 1935 will, of course, appear in the annual Estimates.