HC Deb 11 March 1908 vol 185 c1497

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, according to the War Office List, 1895, twenty-seven civil servants and sixty-four writers were then employed at the Royal Army Clothing Depot, where at the present time the numbers are thirteen and seventy-eight respecetively, and that of the latter number five only are foreman - writers; and whether the work previously done by fourteen civil servants is now being performed by writers.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) When the examination of the clothing accounts was transferred to the War Office in 1900, the number of civil service, clerks at Pimlico was reduced by nines Subsequently five civil service clerk, were replaced by foremen writers. Therefore only in the case of the latter five is the work previously done by civil service clerks being performed by foremen writers.