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Oral Answers to Questions — Safeguarding of Industries Act. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

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Photo of Hon. Alexander Shaw Hon. Alexander Shaw , Kilmarnock

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many persons in his Department are engaged in the administration of the Safeguarding of Industries Act, and what is the total amount of their salaries?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

The administration of the Safeguarding of Industries Act is being carried out by the staff of the Department in addition to its previous duties. No additional staff has been engaged for the purpose. This was rendered possible by the winding up of certain other work.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Does that mean that if we had not had this Measure these persons would have been dispensed with and the staff reduced, and that, consequently, there has been no real saving, but extravagance?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

I do not go so far as that.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Could the right hon. Gentleman, if asked, give the House an estimate of the expenses in salaries and otherwise that the Act involves?

Photo of Mr Stanley Baldwin Mr Stanley Baldwin , Bewdley

Yes, I should be prepared to do that as far as I can.

Photo of Mr James Hogge Mr James Hogge , Edinburgh East

How far will the right hon. Gentleman go?

Photo of Mr John Wallace Mr John Wallace , Dunfermline District of Burghs

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many additional officials have been added to the Customs Department, or how many Government officials have been diverted from other Departments to discharge duties in connection with the administration of the Safeguarding of Industries Act?

Photo of Mr Edward Young Mr Edward Young , Norwich

The work falling on the Customs and Excise Department in connection with the Safeguarding of Industries Act is being performed by the existing Customs and Excise staff, supplemented by seven extra temporary clerks.