Reductions.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 18th December 1928.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Robert Hutchison Major-General Sir Robert Hutchison , Montrose District of Burghs

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in view of the fact that after nine years of self-administration reductions effected in the Civil Service have resulted in a considerable increase on basic pay, he will state how long such automatic increase in cost, apart from numbers, of the Civil Service will continue; and what net saving, after covering them, will the programme of reductions in all departments and grades produce towards meeting the automatic increases under other heads of future budgets.

Mr. SAMUEL:

The answer to this question involves a table and a number of figures and with the hon. and gallant Member's permission I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The net result on the charge for salaries throughout the Civil Service of incremental increases on the one hand and of retirement on the other could only be ascertained at a disproportionate expenditure of time and labour. But the following figures may he of interest to the hon. and gallant Member:—

Year.Average number employed (excluding Industrial Staffs and outstation Staffs of the Service Departments).Total cost of salaries plus bonus of Stan's in Column S.
1.2.3.
£
1920–21369,13588,386,484
1927–28298,33363,261,454

The money saving resulting from the programme of staff reduction can only, be stated when experience has been gained of the actual posts saved by reduction or concentration of the work or otherwise.