HC Deb 05 November 1908 vol 195 cc1368-9

To ask the Secretary for Scotland if he will state the number of officials and staff employed in the Scottish Education Department respectively in London and in Edinburgh, the respective annual cost, and the salaries paid to the two branches; and if he would grant a simple Return, before the Report stage of the Education (Scotland) Bill is taken, giving details of the personnel of the Department, specifying positions, length of service, and salaries of the staff of the Department.

(Answered by Mr. Sinclair.) The total number of officers on the permanent establishment of the Scottish Education Department, exclusive of the inspectorate and of the staff of the Royal Scottish Museum, is in London 50 and in Edinburgh 14. The salaries of these officers amount in the aggregate to £13,770 and £3,818 respectively. If, however, account is taken of all officers of the Department in Scotland and London respectively the numbers are:—Officers: London 50, Scotland 118. Salaries: London £13,770, Scotland £40,300. As regards the Return asked for by my honourable friend, the greater part of the information desired is already given in the Annual Estimates of the Department and in various publications, and I do not think that in these circumstances a Return is necessary.