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LARGE REDUCTION UNLIKELY GRATUITIES TO BE MET Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. It may be necessary to provide for a slight re-adjustment of the estimates of expenditure, as submitted to the House of Representatives in the Financial Statement on Thursday last, insofar as war expenditure is concerned. A statement to this effect was made by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, before the House of Representatives adjourned last night. Mr. Nash added that he proposed, some time prior to the House resuming, to submit to members a revised estimate of expenditure, giving details. Mr. Nash said that presuming it was possible for all servicemen and women to be returned ,to the Dominion by March 31, the end of tie financial year—and all hoped that would be possible—and that all expenses came to charge, the reduction in expenditure would be slight compared with the estimates already submitted. He did not use the word "slight" with any feeling, because the estimates had not taken into account any amount that might be required for gratuities. If amounts I chargeable to the War Expenses Account, including gratuities, were kept up-to-date there might be no reduction in the estimates as submitted last week. Payments on account of deferred pay, transport costs, gratuities and rehabilitation were expected to be in excess of the estimates if the Japanese capitulated, but there might be a reduction of expenditure on reverse lend-lease, war stores, land, buildings and minor items.

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WAR EXPENSES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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WAR EXPENSES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945