HC Deb 22 July 1976 vol 915 c572W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to cut the Civil List as part of the Government's policy on public expenditure saving.

Mr. Joel Barnett

As stated during the course of the debates on the Civil List Bill earlier this Session, substantial economies in Civil List expenditure have already been effected and Her Majesty the Queen has undertaken to meet the full cost of the assistance provided to members of the Royal Family under Section 3 of the Civil List Act 1972. Further economies could only be achieved by a significant reduction in the scale and style of Royal occasions and appearances, contrary to the views expressed by the Select Committee on the Civil List, 1971–72.