HC Deb 05 July 1923 vol 166 cc640-1W
Captain BENN

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what was the total Vote for the Army and Navy, respectively, for the year 1913–14; and what is the total Vote proposed for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, respectively, for the financial year 1923–24?


The net figures are as follow:—

Army 28,220,000
Navy (including Supplementary Estimate) 48,809,300
Total 77,029,300
Army 52,000,000
Navy 58,000,000
Air Force 12,011,000
Total 122,011,000

To the latter figure should be added £7,529,800 provided on the Middle Eastern Vote for troops and Air Force personnel in Iraq and Palestine.

Captain Benn

asked the Prime Minister whether it is intended that the additional charges involved in the proposed expansion of the Air Force shall be met by corresponding reductions in the money voted for the other services?


It is the intention of His Majesty's Government to have regard to the expenditure on national defence as a whole, and it will continue to be their earnest endeavour to effect every possible reduction of that expenditure.