Volume 2 (1922) / Pages 271 - 272
Ordered That the Clerk do carry the Bill to the Senate, and desire their concurrence.
REPORT. [24th March.]Resolutions Reported:
Class I. No. 2.
"1. That a sum not exceeding 9,762 be granted to His Majesty to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st March, 1923, for the salaries of the Department of the Prime Minister, the salaries of the Cabinet and of the Cabinet Secretariat, and other expenses in connection therewith."
Class I. No. 4.
EXCHEQUER AND AUDIT DEPARTMENT.
"2. That a sum not exceeding 2,028 be granted to His Majesty to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st March, 1923, for the expenses of the Department of the Comptroller and Auditor-General.
Class I. No 7.
"3. That a sum not exceeding 875,896 be granted to his Majesty to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st March, 1923, for the payment of Old Age Pensions, for certain administrative expenses in connection therewith, and for Pensions under the Blind Persons Act, 1920.
Class I. No. 8.
SUPERANNUATION AND RETIRED ALLOWANCES.
"4. That a sum not exceeding 4,100 be granted to his Majesty to complete the Bum necessary to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st March, 1923, for Superannuation and Additional Allowances and Gratuities under sundry statutes; and Supplementary Pensions and Allowances granted by the Ministry of Finance.
Resolved: That this House doth agree with the Committee in. the said resolutions."
Considered in Committee.
Mr. Moles in the Chair.
Class I. No. 5.
PUBLIC WORKS AND BUILDINGS. Motion made and Question proposed:
"That a sum not exceeding 128,390 be granted to his Majesty to complete the sum necessary to defray the charge that will come in course of payment during the year ending 31st March, 1923, in respect of Public Works and Buildings." (Mr. Barbour)
Sir CRAWFORD M'CULLAGH On page 30 there are several sums for rents, new works, furniture, &c. I take it that the rents will be paid by the Imperial Government until such times as our Parliamentary buildings are ready. I should like some information as to the policy of the Government. Under the heading C there is a sum of 50,000 for the erection of Parliament buildings. I take it that is the amount to be spent during the coming year, but what relation has that amount to the entire amount to be spent at Stormont Castle? When this matter was discussed before the Act was passed there was a sum set down, but it was thought to be entirely insufficient, and it was finally decided to leave the matter open. I should like to know the amount specified for the erection of a Parliament House and Administrative Offices. What has been done so far as this House is concerned? I understand the Government have approved of the Stormont site, but I think it is recognised now that it is entirely unsuited for Courts of Justice, and that some more central site will have to be acquired for the Law Courts and Administrative Offices, and I hold that all the offices should be got together under one roof, so that when you ask for a Minister or an official you may be told exactly where you can find him.
The DEPUTY-SPEAKER: The hon. gentleman is not in order in asking for a declaration of policy. He must confine himself to what is before us in the Estimates. I have allowed him to go perhaps farther than I should have, but I think he will see that he must confine himself to the matters definitely raised by the Estimates.
Sir C M'CULLAGH: I would like to know what is included in that 50,000, so far as buildings are concerned.
Mr. BARBOUR: I would like to tell the hon. Member that the sum of 50,000 is merely the total vote, and a reminder that there will be expenditure on Stormont Castle during the year, but it is impossible at present to form any estimate whatever as to the amount of the expenditure, or of how much it will take during the present year. The Board of Works have passed the plans, and before taking any further steps, they are making am examination of the foundations. I believe a difficulty has been encountered, and it is only when they are finally satisfied that they will come to a final decision as