§ 9. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any recent payments have been made from the Contingencies Fund in connection with the construction of the airport in the Falklands.
§ Mr. Dalyell
In that case, who is paying the unforeseen costs of lugging thousands of tonnes of tillite and quarzite rock 8,000 miles from Bristol and Oxford to the Falklands—from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere—for the Margaret Thatcher international airport? Does the Treasury accept The Sunday Times figure of £3 million a day for the Falklands? Where does expenditure on the Falklands come in the Government's list of priorities for this week? Is it sacrosanct?
§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
Will not the outlay on the enlargement of the airfield enable military expenditure on the Falklands to be greatly reduced and the islands' economy to be improved?
§ Mr. Hattersley
Having accepted and answered—I believe uniquely—a question about the use of the 1350 Contingencies Fund, will the Chief Secretary publish in the Official Report how much of the fund has already been used because of the miners' strike, spending by local authorities, an estimated error in the unemployment figures, and other Government over-expenditure?