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Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1922.

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Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Frome

49.

asked the President of the Board of Education to what extent the higher administrative staff of his Department has been reduced since his recognition in April last that it was excessive in numbers: and how the numbers and salaries of the staff of the Department as a whole to-day compare with those of 1913?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

The number of the administrative staff has been reduced since last, April by four, making a total reduction of 14 ((i.e., 79 as compared with 93) Since the reorganisation of the administrative staff in 1920. Further reductions are now under consideration. In 1913 the numbers and salaries of the staff of the Department (excluding the Museums and the Royal College of Art) were. 1,524 and £387,880 respectively. At the present time the numbers are 1,671 and £741,448, of which £497,988 represents substantive salary and £243,460 bonus.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Frome

May I take it that the present cost is double what it was?

Photo of Mr Herbert Fisher Mr Herbert Fisher , Combined English Universities

No, Sir. It is £741,000 against £387,000, and a great part of that is bonus.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Frome

Very nearly double.