§ 13. Mr. G. Campbell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes he proposes to make in the system of annual publication of the Vote on Account.
§ Mr. Campbell
Can the Chief Secretary explain the system under which the Vote on Account one year is regarded by the Government as of great significance and importance and is dismissed as of little significance in the following year?
§ Mr. Diamond
No, Sir. I cannot explain those two statements, because they were not made. What the Government have said, through me, is that the Vote on Account can be very misleading if it is regarded as an indication of public expenditure. The last thing I want to do is to mislead hon. Members.