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Expenditure 1946–47

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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Turning to expenditure last year, the total was £3,910 million, which was £23 million more than last April's estimate of £3,887 million. Defence expenditure, which I estimated at £1,667 million, amounted in fact to £1,653 million, a saving of £14 million on the Estimate. Supplementary Estimates for the Army and Navy were offset by meritorious savings of £60 million by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply. Civil expenditure I put at £1,652 million last April. The actual expenditure was £1,679 million, or £27 million more than the Estimate.