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Tuesday, 31 July 1906

Mr KENNEDY (Moira) .- With regard to the queryI put to the Treasurer, I am not quite clear as to the position. What I wish to know is whether the proposed new section36a gives power to expendmoney out of the Treasurer's Advance for a purpose for which no appropriation has been made?


Sir John Forrest - It is only a bookkeeping matter.

Mr KENNEDY - The provision says that out of the Treasurer's Advance -

Expenditure in excess of specific appropriation or not specifically provided for by appropriation may be charged to such heads as the Treasurer may direct.

Sir John Forrest - The Treasurer gets his advance for that purpose. Generally there is, a sum of £200,000 voted for unforeseen and extraordinary expenditure.

Mr KENNEDY - And it rests with the Treasurer to say how it shall be spent.

Sir John Forrest - Yes; but the accounts are submitted to the House afterwards.

Mr KENNEDY - I wished to ascertain that that was the bearing of the provision.

SirJohn Forrest. - That is so.

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