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Exchequer Returns (Publication)

Volume 436: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1947

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46.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that particulars of revenue and expenditure for the year 1946–47 appeared in the daily Press on 1st April but were not available in the form of a White Paper in the Vote Office; and whether he will arrange that important documents of this kind are available to Members as well as to the Press.

Copies of the quarterly Exchequer Return are held by the Vote Office and may be obtained by hon Members at any time.

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that they are available to Members as soon as the Press receives the information?

We always try to arrange for that to be so. I think that my hon. Friend will find that he will have no difficulty in getting these papers as soon as they are out. In fact, it has always been the practice to issue them, not as a White Paper, but as a Paper which can be obtained by any hon Member who desires it, at the Vote Office.