§ MR. D. A. THOMAS
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if, in view of the pressure on his Department at the present time to expeditiously† See (4) Debates, exxiv, 923.‡ See page 311.§ See page_330.686 furnish Statistical Returns relating to Imperial trade, he will consider the desirability of making additions to his staff either temporary or permanent?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
Every effort is being and will be made to cope with the exceptional pressure of work thrown on the Board of Trade by means of addition to staff and otherwise. I cannot say whether the additions to the staff will be permanent.