§ 16. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of National Service what are the respective duties of the paid Commissioners, Deputy-Commissioners, and Sub-Commissioners of National Service; whether all or any of them have local or county offices to carry on their duties from;*are they allowed any office or personal staff; if so, to what extent; and have any of them any travelling allowances?
The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of NATIONAL SERVICE (Mr. Walsh)
The District and Deputy - Commissioners are responsible for the efficient working of the plans of the Department within their district, the control of the work of Sub-Commissioners, and, where necessary, deciding matters of dispute. The duties of the paid Sub-Commissioners are to ascertain the demands for agricultural labour and control the supply of labour available, to receive and decide, in conjunction with the Appeal Committees, appeals from unemployed or employed; to arrange for accommodation of the volunteers; to settle questions of wages, the assessment and payment of subsistence allowances, right to and payment of employment benefit, issue of railway warrants, organisation of additional labour, such as clergy, Civil servants, teachers, and schoolboys, and generally to carry out the working of the scheme for the supply of agricultural labour. The District Commissioners, Deputy-Commissioners, and 1502 Sub-Commissioners have local offices from which to carry on their duties, and they are permitted to engage such staff as is proved to the satisfaction of the Director-General to be necessary for the carrying out of their duties. All the expenses which they necessarily incur in. travelling on the business of the Department are refunded to them.
§ Mr. P. A. HARRIS
What are the average number of people controlled by these-Commissioners, Deputy-Commissioners, and Sub-Commissioners?
§ Mr. OUTHWAITE
What is the position of a controller who has no men to-control, seeing that only 3,000 have been found jobs?