Office of Works.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

82.

asked the hon. Member for the Pollok Division of Glasgow, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, the number of officials in the Office of Works in 1913 and 1921 respectively, and the total amount of salaries paid in each of these two years?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The administrative, professional, and clerical staff employed in this Department in 1913 and at the end of 1921 numbered 674 and 1,920 respectively. The cost of the staff in 1913 was £149,660, while the estimated cost of the staff for the current financial year is £665,050, £80,500 of this sum being recoverable from local authorities in respect of services rendered by this Department in connection with housing schemes and other services.

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

Does not the hon. Member think there is room for economy there?

Mr. J. JONES:

No!