HC Deb 24 March 1919 vol 114 c47W

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that the control of public expenditure is one of the duties of this House and as few of the Members have any opportunity to ascertain the facts necessary to exercise the supervision required, he will consider the advisability of appointing Standing Committees to examine the Estimates of each spending Department of the Government and to report on such Estimates when they come before the House, the Chairman of each Committee being the Minister responsible for the Department whose expenditure comes under the review of the respective Committees; and, if he is not prepared to adopt this suggestion, will he state in what way he proposes, in view of the present need for economy, to give the Members of this House a tighter control of expenditure in Government Departments?


I have nothing to add to the answer which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Oxford on Thursday last.