§ 53. Major WHELER
asked the Minister of National Service if he will state the 818 amount of money allocated for the hiring and equipment of the recruiting offices taken under the new recruiting system?
§ Mr. BECK
In connection with the transfer of recruiting to the Ministry of National Service from the War Office, the premises in use as recruiting offices were taken over as at 1st January, 1918. The amount of money allocated for rent, in respect of such premises, was £29,724 per annum, but this does not include the compensation in respect of premises taken over subsequently to transfer. The equipment of recruiting offices is in the hands of the Office of Works, and inasmuch as the preparation of a return to enable me to give the figures would involve a very great amount of time and labour, I hope my hon. and gallant Friend will not press for the figures to be obtained now. A full statement will be available in the ordinary course.