853. Supplementary estimates.

Since the ordinary estimates of expenditure have to be framed some months before the commencement of the year to which they relate, many departments are compelled as the year proceeds to present further estimates for expenditure which could not have been foreseen when the original estimates were prepared. Some of these fresh demands can be foreseen in time to be submitted to the House of Commons before the consideration of the main estimates has been concluded. Such supplementary or additional grants may be included in an Appropriation Act passed before the House rises in the summer1. Other demands cannot