HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 c2104
56. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer his estimate of the weekly sum per head that will be paid in 1952–53 in respect of the three Defence Services, and also in respect of housing and education.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Taking the figures in the Financial Statement 1952–53, for Central Government expenditure only, 10s. 4d., 6d. and 2s. respectively. The hon. Member will realise that considerable extra local government expense is involved under the latter two heads.

Mr. Hughes

Does that not prove that we now have a Government of savages?

Mr. Butler

It proves that the hon. Gentleman has deliberately put a Question in order to get an answer in respect of public finances without taking account of local finances, which would have given a much better picture from his point of view.