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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 7 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether the actual expenditure upon the Army Votes of last year was not in excess over the Estimate by a sum of £696,835, the Estimate for last year (after deducting estimated extra Receipts and Payments), as shown on page 4, having been £12,795,400, whereas the actual Expenditure (after making the same deduction), as shown on page 4 of Corrected Estimate this year was £13,492,235; and, if these figures in the Estimates be correct, how he reconciles them with the statement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the 12th of April, that happily the actual Expenditure on the Army Votes had been less than the Estimate by £664,000?

Sir, the noble Lord is comparing the statement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which related to cash issues, with Estimates of Expenditure; and of two Estimates, one which is a gross Estimate including expenditure upon repayment, with another, which is a net Estimate excluding that expenditure. He will be glad to hear that, as regards the actual result, so far from anticipating an excess of expenditure over Estimate to the amount of £696,835, as suggested by him, I have every reason, so far as the Accountant General yet knows, to anticipate a saving at least equal to that sum.