HC Deb 16 March 1948 vol 448 c1877
48. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what increase there would be to the National Debt of £25,631 million if National Debt arising out of the 1914–18 war was added.

Sir S. Cripps

The published figures of external debt exclude £1,032,427,000 in respect of debt arising out of the war of 1914–18.

Sir W. Smithers

Will the Chancellor of the Exchequer in future not try to cover up his tracks, but let us have a full and frank publication of the state of the country's finances?

Sir S. Cripps

We discontinued publication of this figure many years ago.

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