HC Deb 17 September 1914 vol 66 c972
7. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can state the salaries paid and the terms of the engagement of those members of the Press Bureau whose services are not honorary?


I am informed that there are six naval officers attached to the Press Bureau. Of these one receives £535 a year, and the others between £200 and £300 a year each. There are nine military officers, of whom one receives £750 and the others £400 a year each. The civilian staff of clerks and typists, nine in number, are paid at rates ranging from 18s. to £3 a week. There are a few messengers employed at ordinary rates. In all cases the appointments are for a temporary period only, not exceeding the duration of the War.


Can my right hon. Friend say whether these salaries are in addition to the Service salaries or include them?


I understand they are the total salaries.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider 18s. a week a living wage for a typist?


I said the staff of clerks and typists, but I think that includes very junior clerks.