This is a formal item which the Auditor General desires to have passed at the end of the year to square his accounts. Where an appropriation is made for a department it sometimes happens that in one branch the appropriation is over expended, whereas in another branch there is an amount that is unused. Of course, the grants unused are greatly in excess of the over expenditures. The Auditor General likes to have this vote put into the Supply Bill. It is not really a vote of money, but it is rather a formal confirmation of the small over expenditures that have occurred during the year.
July 20, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)
Topic: SUPPLY-GOVERNMENT RAILWAY POLICY.