§ Mr. BIGLAND
asked the Prime Minister whether he will explain why, when the status of the Local Government Board was raised to the status of a Secretary of State office and the salary of the President was raised from £2,000 to £5,000, the salaries of principal clerks and of the class immediately below principal clerks were not also raised to the level which obtains in Secretary of State offices?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The scale of salaries assigned to the principal clerks and first-class clerks in the Local Government Board was fixed having regard to the internal organisation of that Department, which differs in some respects from the system prevailing in the Departments of the various Secretaries of State. The Local Government Board has, for instance, a far larger number of assistant secretaries than the other Departments, and consequently there is a practical equivalence between it and them as regards the aggregate number of highly-paid and more responsible posts.