HC Deb 29 April 1926 vol 194 cc2195-6
40. Captain CROOKS HANK

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if his attention has been called to the Estimate for the Lord Privy Seal's private secretary which for 1926 is more than double what it was in 1925; whether he can give any explanation; and whether, in view of the need for public economy, he will have the matter reconsidered?


On the appointment of the Lord Privy Seal as Leader of the House of Lords, the salary of his private secretary was increased from £384 to £600 per annum. The increase was given on account of the additional duties devolving upon the private secretary in consequence of the appointment referred to, and I see no ground for reconsidering the matter.


Is this private secretary in receipt of other emoluments from public funds?


Not so far as I am aware, but I would not like to be positive without notice.


In view of the need for public economy, will the right hon. Gentleman consider the abolition of the office of Privy Seal altogether—never mind the private secretary?


That question should be addressed to the Prime Minister.