6 AUGUST 1921, Page 2

Sir. Robert Home said that undoubtedly recent events would alter

thefigures of the Budget statement, but he was not at all sure that there would be very much to withdraw or correct. The Excise receipts for the June quarter were. £6,000,000 more than in the same quarter last year, and there had been nothing like the distress as a result of the coal strike which had been anticipated. He resented the charge that the Government were , not trying to economize. The new .Insurance.Aets, the issue of medals, and.the care of soldiers' ,graves in France were examples of how the Government were .necessarily prevented from cutting down expenses-as-much as they desired.