Overseas Trade Department (Staff).

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department how many of the personnel recently found to be redundant are still retained in his Department; and what is the grading and the scale of pay of the officers concerned?

Photo of Mr Harcourt Johnstone Mr Harcourt Johnstone , Middlesbrough West

Out of a number of 96 officers recently notified as available for transfer only 25 now remain. Of these one is due to leave at the end of the month, one is shortly to be called up for military service, and three are due to retire under the age limit in a few weeks' time. Details of grades and salaries will be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

In view of the fact that, in reply to an earlier Question, it was revealed that a temporary officer could be transferred from one post, exempt from military service to another, within 24 hours, can the Minister say why it has taken two months to dispose of only three-quarters of the people affected and how long it will take to dispose of the remainder?

Photo of Mr Harcourt Johnstone Mr Harcourt Johnstone , Middlesbrough West

That inquiry should be addressed to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury. The Department does not move its own officers.

Grade.Scale of pay.Remarks.
£
1 Commercial Secretary, Grade 11,200–50–1,500
1 Temporary Principal Officer800Due to leave at end of July, 1942.
1 Assistant Officer250–25–625Shortly to be called up for military service.
1 Senior Executive Officer (Higher Grade)750–30–1,000
1 Senior Executive Officer700–25–860Due to retire in October, 1942.
2 Senior Staff Officers650–25–750One due to retire in September, 1942.
1 Staff Officer550–25–650Due to retire in September, 1942.
2 Higher Clerical Officers400–18–525
1 Chief Superintendent of Typists300–12–365
2 Clerical OfficersAt varying rates up to £350.
7 Temporary Clerks
5 Record Keepers and MessengersAt varying rates up to 67s. per week.