854. Votes on account.

Owing to the fact that the financial year ends on 31 March and that, with due regard to departmental efficiency or Treasury control, the estimates for the following year cannot be ready for presentation before February or March, it is obviously impossible for the House of Commons to grant the whole of the annual supplies demanded by these estimates before 1 April. At the same time, Ministers of the Crown must be supplied with money for the purpose of carrying on the government of the country. Therefore, as a matter of practice, Parliament is obliged every year to grant