Admiralty Relations with the Treasury, 1783 – 1806: the Preparation of Naval Estimates and the Beginnings of Treasury Control

By P.K. Crimmin, published February 1967


This article explores the relationship between the treasury and the Royal Navy between 1783 and 1806. It details the annual estimates submitted to Parliament which bypassed the Treasury who initially could only act as bookkeepers and pay the money as demanded. Naval expenditure formed a large part of the national budget even in peacetime, a costing over which the treasury had no control. The Commons appointed commissioners to produce a number of reports to investigate public expenditure. This marked the beginning of the end for Naval financial independence which finally ended in the 1830’s.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

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