HC Deb 17 July 1916 vol 84 c646
74. Sir H. CRAIK

asked the President of the Board of Education the total number of persons employed in the Board of Education at the beginning of the War; how many of these are now serving, in one capacity or another, elsewhere than in the Board of Education, or have been transferred or lent to other offices; what is the total number now serving under the Board; and whether it is found that the business of the Board can be quite adequately carried on with this diminished number?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

The number of persons in the employment of the Board of Education at the beginning of the War was 2,135; of these, 727 are now serving elsewhere than under the Board. The number of persons now employed by the Board is 1,472. The Board have made certain emergency arrangements for the conduct of their business in view of the present national situation and the serious depletion of their staff; but these arrangements, although the best of which the present circumstances permit, would not be satisfactory for the conduct of the Board's business under normal conditions.

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