HC Deb 11 October 1944 vol 403 cc1768-9W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state to the nearest £1,000,000 the amount of debt held by Government Departments on 31st March, 1944, under the separate headings of Floating Debt and other Internal Debt, excluding bonds tendered for Death Duties, respectively, in continuation of the figures for previous corresponding dates, and the Departments whose holdings are thus included instead of the accounts whose holdings were excluded from his earlier figures.

Sir J. Anderson

The figures on 31st March, 1944, in continuation of those given in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 12th July last, are:

£ millions.
Floating Debt 687
Other Internal Debt (excluding Bonds tendered for Death Duties) 1,596
The principal Government Departments whose holdings are comprised in the above totals are: Admiralty, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Fuel and Power, Crown Lands, Department of Health for Scotland, Treasury, Ministry of War Transport, Custodian of Enemy Property, Board of Trade, Ministry of Health, Post Office, Paymaster-General and National Debt Commissioners.